Every year, 110,000 pedestrians are hit by motor vehicles in the United States, which translates into one such accident occurring every two hours. Nearly half of those pedestrians are killed in the accident. The sheer difference in power between a moving car and someone traveling on foot creates an enormous likelihood that the latter will suffer great injuries, ranging from broken bones or a concussion, to spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, coma, paralysis, or a host of other catastrophic injuries.
As in the case of auto accidents, generally, the most common cause of pedestrian injuries on our roadways is an inattentive or pre-occupied driver. Also, failure to observe speed limits, failure to yield the right of way at marked crosswalks, and drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs are frequent causes of these often devastating accidents.
Although we are fortunate to live in an area that focuses on healthy living and the enjoying our beautiful weather by running, jogging, walking and bicycling outdoors, the dangers pedestrians and bicyclists face are extreme. If you are a pedestrian or bicyclist hit by a negligent driver, we can help you get he compensation you need and the peace of mind you deserve. If a family member has suffered a wrongful death in a pedestrian accident, we can take the financial burden off your shoulders, so you can focus on your loss.
WHAT TO DO:
If you or a family member has been injured as a pedestrian:
1.Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Go to an emergency room or an urgent care as soon as you experience any pain or discomfort following an accident. Even if you don’t see any external injuries, it is extremely important to be evaluated to see if you have any fractures, a closed head injury, or internal bleeding. If you do not you’re your injuries require emergency medical care, see your family doctor as soon as possible. If you delay in seeking medical care, you could be making a costly mistake. At the Law Office of Slaughter & Slaughter, we work with medical doctors, chiropractors, and therapists who specialize in treating people who have been injured in a boating accident. Even if you do not have health insurance coverage, Slaughter & Slaughter can provide medical referrals for you to receive appropriate treatment.
2.Limit your communication insurance adjusters. It is generally okay to speak with the adjuster about property damage, but, do not talk about your injuries. The adjuster’s job is to obtain information to use against you when it is time to pay your claim. The goal is to pay you as little money as is possible to settle your claim. So, with regard to your injuries, simply tell the adjuster you were hurt in the accident and that you are seeking medical treatment, and decline to go into any further detail.
3.Contact an experienced attorney. Pedestrian accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, and failing to obtain proper legal representation can cost you thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Also, the attorney can deal with any insurance adjusters. As tempting as it may be, don’t be lured into signing a release in exchange for a quick settlement. Once you sign that release, you cannot ask for more money, which will be tragic if you find out that your injuries have not fully resolved and you need additional medical care.
If your family has experienced a wrongful death in a pedestrian accident:
1.Contact an experienced attorney. Please give us a call. We can help take the burden off of your shoulders and take the necessary steps to protect your interest.
2.Slaughter & Slaughter will accurately and honestly evaluate your claim and strive to get the maximum settlement or judgment to compensate you for your loss, including reimbursement of medical, funeral, and burial expenses; and compensation for the pain and suffering your loved one suffered prior to his or her death, your loss of the financial support of your loved one, loss of services for the everyday contribution your loved one made to the household, and the loss of companionship, affection, sexual enjoyment, and moral support.
The Law Offices of
Slaughter & Slaughter
402 West Broadway,
San Diego CA 92101
There is no reason to suffer alone from the effects of a pedestrian accident. We can help you bring a claim and strive to get the compensation you and your family will need for a lifetime of coping with this catastrophic injury. Our compassionate personal injury lawyers want to see you achieve the best resolution possible.
We serve clients throughout Southern California, including Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and the communities of La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, Encinitas, Escondido, Pacific Beach, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chula Vista, and surrounding areas.
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