When a pedestrian is hit by a car in Los Angeles, they may be entitled to financial compensation. This means that lost wages, medical bills, and more may be recoverable, allowing you to recover without drowning in debt. An auto pedestrian accident can be devastating not just to the victim, but to their family. This sort of accident can cause serious, life changing injuries that requires serious money to come back from.
Types of Compensation
All pedestrian accidents are unique and as such, every case will look different. The type of compensation you may be able to receive depends, in part, on your injuries. Victims who suffer severe injuries that result in major life changes and high medical bills should not delay in discussing their options with an experienced accident attorney in Los Angeles.
Pedestrian accident victims may be entitled to financial compensation for their bills for emergency medical care, ambulance bills, medical care, lost wages, temporary and permanent disability, rehab expenses, and even pain and suffering. For pedestrians who die, their families may be entitled to funeral expenses as well as loss of companionship and future financial support under a wrongful death claim.
In California, Do Pedestrians Have the Right of Way?
In many cases, the answer is yes. In fact, there are quite a few right of way laws for California pedestrians. A few of these laws include:
- Pedestrians in California have the right of way when they are using a cross-walk, whether marked or unmarked at an intersection.
- Both pedestrians and drivers of vehicles should take proper care to protect the pedestrian. For pedestrians, this can include using what is known as due care (for instance, you shouldn’t try to beat a vehicle into the intersection). For vehicles, they should reduce their rate of speed.
- Other drivers should not attempt to go around a vehicle that is stopped because a pedestrian is in a cross-walk.
Talk to a Qualified California Attorney Right Away
If you’re involved in an auto pedestrian accident in California, you should first get medical care and then seek out the guidance of a qualified California attorney. You will want to know your rights and what the future has in store for you. For a free, no obligation consultation, contact the experienced Los Angeles accident lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm today.