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Pedestrians face risk of injury when walking near traffic or crossing intersections. When a car strikes a pedestrian, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. It’s common for victims in pedestrian accidents to suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, or develop permanent disabilities from their injuries, profoundly affecting their quality of life. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced Los Angeles, CA pedestrian accident attorney from Rafii & Associates, P.C. to discuss your case. You may be eligible for significant compensation for your damages.
Why Choose Rafii & Associates, P.C.
At Rafii & Associates, P.C., our accident attorneys have more than 75 years of combined experience with civil claims in California. Our commitment to open communication with our clients and aggressive representation has helped us secure more than $100 million in compensation for our clients in past cases.
Some potential plaintiffs believe that acting as their own counsel is a good way to save money on legal fees. However, even a seemingly simple personal injury claim can quickly escalate into a complex legal battle that can last months or years. The average person does not have the time, resources, or legal experience to meet the court’s various deadlines and filing requirements. The average person may also not know where to look for additional compensation beyond his or her medical expenses and property damage.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Hiring a pedestrian accident attorney in Los Angeles, CA offers several advantages, and primary among them is the fact that an experienced attorney can provide a better level of legal representation than a plaintiff could manage on his or her own. One of the first steps in determining a plaintiff’s options after a pedestrian accident is uncovering the cause of the accident. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in California include:
- Low visibility. Pedestrians are more difficult to see at night, in areas with poor lighting, or during inclement weather. Drivers should use extra caution when traveling through intersections and areas with lots of pedestrian traffic.
- Moving violations. A driver who attempts to cut through a red light or stop sign may not notice a pedestrian who is already in the crosswalk and cause an accident.
- Failure to signal. Drivers should engage their turn signals before making turns. If a pedestrian sees a car coming from the opposite direction but does not see the vehicle’s turn signal engaged, the pedestrian may think it is safe to cross the intersection as the driver turns.
- Jaywalking. Pedestrians should only cross streets at designated intersections wherever possible. Crossing in the middle of the block or before the light indicates it is safe to cross can easily lead to an accident. Since California follows a comparative negligence law, a pedestrian who sustains injuries due to jaywalking could still claim damages, but the jury may decide that he or she bears some liability for the accident.
Who Is Liable for My Pedestrian Accident?
In virtually all conceivable scenarios, the driver who hits a pedestrian will be at fault for the accident. Drivers have a duty of care to give pedestrians the right of way. The duty of care of drivers almost always exceeds that of pedestrians, so drivers have a duty to stop when necessary to prevent pedestrian accidents.
Call a Los Angeles, CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If a negligent driver hits you and causes serious injuries, the Los Angeles, CA pedestrian accident attorneys at Rafii & Associates, P.C., can help you hold them accountable and secure compensation for your damages. We have helped many past clients recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering after pedestrian accidents in California. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation about your pedestrian accident claim.