One of the most dangerous types of accidents attorneys from Dordulian Law Group handle involves pedestrians in North Hollywood, California. A pedestrian accident can be devastating. Pedestrians are not protected by anything when walking or running around town, and being hit by a vehicle can leave them seriously injured, paralyzed, or cause death.
Many victims of pedestrian accidents feel that they were responsible for the accident that left them injured. This is more than often not the case, and the pedestrian is typically eligible for compensation for their injuries. That’s why it’s important that you speak with a North Hollywood, California, pedestrian accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group if injured in this type of accident.
Pedestrian accidents happen more often than one might realize and for many different reasons. Pedestrians are often hit when walking in a crosswalk because the driver is not paying attention, hasn’t slowed down enough, is intoxicated, is confused, or simply didn’t see the pedestrian. Pedestrians are hit on sidewalks and in driveways when distracted drivers swerve onto these areas because of inattention.
It’s important to note that not every pedestrian accident is caused by a motorist. Pedestrians can also be struck on a sidewalk by someone riding a bicycle, knocked down by someone out for a run, or even injured by a broken sidewalk or driveway. A pedestrian knocked into the street by a bicyclist who is then hit by a vehicle might only be able to recover damages from the bicyclist.
Whatever the scenario of your pedestrian accident entails, the experienced team of North Hollywood lawyers from Dordulian Law Group will assess your claim and develop a strategy to ensure maximum available compensation is recovered.
If you were injured in a North Hollywood pedestrian accident, it is important that you take the proper steps to protect your rights. Immediately call 911 so that EMS and police respond to your location. The police officer will create an incident report that the personal injury attorneys at Dordulian Law Group will use to begin your claim.
Let the EMTs who respond to the incident evaluate you for any injuries. If you were struck by a vehicle, make sure you go to the hospital for more in-depth testing and care. Internal injuries could be present that aren’t showing immediate signs or symptoms. These can worsen in the days following the accident, leaving you seriously injured. Serious injuries caused by a pedestrian accident can include the following:
If you are able, take pictures of the area where the accident occurred. Take pictures of the road, the sidewalk, street signs, traffic lights, the vehicle, your injuries, and anything else that could be used as evidence by your attorneys.
You should talk to anyone who witnessed the pedestrian accident, including those who stopped to render you aid. Ask for their name and contact information so your attorney can get in touch with them when filing your claim. Make sure the witnesses remain at the scene to give a statement about what they saw to the responding police officer.
Even though you might feel as if you were not seriously injured, having a medical exam on the record makes it easier to seek compensation, should injuries present themselves at a later date. The insurance companies and defense attorneys involved in the case cannot deny the information in your medical records showing you were evaluated and treated immediately following the pedestrian accident.
If you decide not to seek medical attention, the defendant in the case can argue that your injuries are due to delayed care. This will make it much more difficult to seek compensation following a North Hollywood pedestrian accident. It doesn’t make it impossible, but you will be in for a much more difficult fight with the defendant. Contact DLG immediately after a pedestrian accident to ensure your case has the greatest likelihood of success.
The simple answer is yes, you can file a lawsuit when injured in a North Hollywood pedestrian accident. However, you will need to have evidence that shows you suffered an injury and that you know who caused the accident. It is vital that you work with a Dordulian Law Group personal injury attorney to achieve a positive outcome resulting in a financial award from a lawsuit.
Not knowing who caused the accident is a big hurdle, but it doesn’t prevent you from filing a lawsuit. The sooner you seek assistance from a North Hollywood pedestrian accident lawyer, the better the chances are that you will be able to recover damages. The team at Dordulian Law Group will interview witnesses, review security camera footage, and conduct other investigative measures to move your case forward.
California operates under comparative fault law, which means you can still be compensated for the injuries you suffered in a pedestrian accident if you were less than 100% responsible (i.e. as long as you weren’t completely at-fault, you may be eligible for financial damages). The court will review the accident and determine the percentage of fault for you and the defendant. Your award will be reduced based on any percentage of fault assigned to you. At DLG, we fight to ensure all the facts and evidence related to a pedestrian accident case are presented, and the injured victim receives the maximum damages award they deserve.
Every North Hollywood pedestrian accident is different, which means there’s no definitive monetary figure that can be provided as an answer. A general estimate will be provided to you by a qualified DLG personal injury attorney, taking into consideration any losses endured via the accident. There are various factors that go into determining the worth of a pedestrian accident case, including the following:
There are four elements of a pedestrian accident lawsuit that must be met in order for it to move forward. A North Hollywood Dordulian Law Group pedestrian accident lawyer will ensure that these four elements are met when reviewing the circumstances of your case. The first element is that a duty of care was owed to you by the defendant. Drivers have a duty to treat others with care, not cause accidents, and drive safely at all times. This duty of care is violated when a driver strikes a pedestrian.
When the lawsuit is filed, your attorney will also need to show that the duty of care was violated when the accident occurred. This is often done by acquiring security camera footage in the area and speaking to witnesses.
The lawsuit must then prove that the plaintiff suffered an injury, which is why it is so important to seek medical care immediately following a North Hollywood pedestrian accident. The fourth element that must be proven is that the misconduct or recklessness of the driver led to the accident and your injuries.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility that a criminal case could happen at the same time as a civil case regarding your pedestrian accident. For example, if you seek damages from the defendant, you will file a lawsuit in civil court. Depending on the defendant’s actions during the accident, or immediately after, he or she might have been charged with a crime. It’s possible that the criminal trial and the civil trial occur at the same time. The outcome of the civil trial will not be impacted by the outcome of the criminal trial. You should note that the burden of proof is much lower in a civil case compared to a criminal case.
Yes, California has a statute of limitations in place for plaintiffs to file a lawsuit in any type of personal injury case. Per California Civil Code of Procedure section 335.1, you have two years from the date the accident occurred to file a lawsuit. If the lawsuit is being filed against a government entity in the state, California Government Code section 911.2 gives you just six months to file. Contact a DLG pedestrian accident lawyer to ensure you do not miss the deadline to file a claim and recover substantial financial compensation.
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Pedestrian accidents are much different in nature compared to car accidents. No one takes out an insurance policy to protect themselves when walking down the street or on the sidewalk. Health insurance likely won’t cover the immense medical bills that stem from a pedestrian accident either, leaving you with a large amount of medical debt. There’s also no protection from an uninsured motorist who might have been the cause of the accident. It’s best to speak with an experienced North Hollywood pedestrian accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group about your case. If you’re eligible for damages, we will use our experience and dedication to help you recover every ounce you deserve.
Suffering an injury in a pedestrian accident can change your life in an instant. You might not be able to work ever again, you might lose an appendage, or you might require extensive surgery to save your life. No matter the circumstances or severity of your injuries, you should always seek legal representation when involved in a pedestrian accident.
The compassionate team at Dordulian Law Group has a combined 40 years of experience and a 98% success rate. We have secured settlements and awards totaling more than $100 million for our injury victims like you. Call our office in North Hollywood at (818) 873-4300 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team today.
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