What Victims Need to Know about Los Angeles Auto Pedestrian Accidents
If you or a loved one are involved in an auto versus pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your injuries. There are several laws in California that protect pedestrians from negligent or distracted drivers. Even still, this doesn’t mean that auto vs pedestrian claims are immediately paid out -- or paid out at all. Here’s what pedestrian accident victims need to know to ensure their legal rights are protected.
Paying for Medical Costs Before the Lawsuit
Auto vs pedestrian accidents result in almost 1/4 of all accident fatalities in California. To be certain, even those accidents that aren’t deadly can be devastating for the victims and their families. The human body often absorbs more than one serious impact during a pedestrian accident. First, there’s the vehicle that hits the body. Next, the body will usually hit the ground or other objects. This mean serious trauma to the victim's body that may require extensive medical attention.
Expenses for medical care could rise before you’ve ever filed your claim with an insurance company or talked to an accident lawyer. How can you pay for those costs? There’s not a perfect answer to this question as every situation is unique. However, there are some options that you may have available to you.
- If you have an auto policy of your own, you may have medical payments coverage. This is an optional part of an auto policy, and it could help pay for at least part of your medical expenses although you weren’t in a car at the time of the accident.
- You could potentially use your health insurance policy.
- You may be able to get treated on a medical lien. In other words, medical professionals will treat you without the need for upfront payment, but when your case settles or is won in court, they will get paid out of that money.
- Pay out of pocket.
This list is not exhaustive. Speak with an experienced accident attorney to discuss your case.
Don’t Wait to Talk with a Qualified Accident Attorney
Don’t wait to talk with a qualified Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney. You could be entitled to compensation to help pay or reimburse for medical bills, temporary or permanent disability, lost wages, and more. To learn more, contact the experienced accident lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation.