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Pedestrian Accidents

More people are walking in Los Angeles than ever before. And even though pedestrians technically have the “right of way,” they still face a 25 percent risk[4] of severe injury if hit by a car driving at 23 mph (75 percent for cars moving at 16 mph). Since they oftentimes feel as though they don’t need to pay attention to the road around them — from cars to trucks to buses to unsafe roads and more — assessing liability is not always clear. A Pasadena pedestrian accident lawyer will work with you closely to gather the facts and support your case every step of the way.

[4] AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

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How can a Grigoryan Blum and Grigoryan
Pasadena Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Help?

Negligence is an important key factor in most pedestrian accidents. At Grigoryan Blum and Grigoryan, our pedestrian accident attorneys in California work to prove negligence and are committed to protecting the legal rights of injured victims.

It is critical for both pedestrians and drivers to exercise caution when around one another. We understand that serious pedestrian accidents require serious legal representation.

Our California law firm will investigate every detail of your case and work with you to determine the most beneficial route to execute. We are dedicated to serving our clients’ best interests, and make your fight our fight.

We serve pedestrian accident victims throughout Southern California. 

Understanding Your Own Insurance Coverage

Even though you are not required by California Law to have uninsured/underinsured coverage included on your insurance policy, you may want to consider it. When a pedestrian is struck by a motorist, they may be able to recover compensation through uninsured/underinsured coverage where:

  • The motorist was at fault for the accident leading to injury
  • The at-fault driver is either uninsured or underinsured (and therefore the policy will not cover all of the pedestrian’s damages)
  • It was a hit and run

In order to make a claim on your uninsured motorist policy, the at-fault driver’s policy must first be exhausted. Provided that the at-fault driver’s policy is not sufficient in covering all of your damages as a pedestrian, you should be able to make a claim for any extending damages via your own policy.

A complimentary consultation with a Pasadena pedestrian accident lawyer at Grigoryan Blum & Grigoryan can help you decide which coverage is best for you.


What to do After an Pedestrian Accident?

Call 911 for Help

1. Call 911 for Help

If you or someone has been injured and needs medical assistance, call for an ambulance. If you are unable to call, ask for help. If you do not have a medical emergency, ask for a police officer to come to the scene.

Get the Driver’s Information

2. Get the Driver’s Information

Collect pertinent information such as: name, address, phone numbers, license plate number, license number, insurance company name and policy number. In some cases you may need to contact the driver’s employer if it was a commercial vehicle

 Find Witnesses

3. Find Witnesses

Ask anyone who saw the accident to give a statement to the police for an official report. Also collect the witnesses' contact information. This is a very important piece of your case.

take photos of the damages

4. Take Pictures

Be sure to document the scene and crash with detailed images. Be sure to take photos of the damages, marks on pavement, crosswalks, street signs, traffic signals, hazards, construction, road markings and any injuries sustained.

Make a Medical Appointment

5. Make a Medical Appointment

Within 24 hours of the accident, be sure to visit a medical professional. Injuries may be discovered after the scene, or could be delayed. Therefore, it is important to visit the doctor even if you're not visibly injured or have any current symptoms. This documentation will be important for your insurance company.

Contact personal injury attorneys

6. Seek Legal Assistance

Contact Grigoryan Blum & Grigoryan to discuss your case. It is important to pursue legal assistance to pursue your claim and deal with the complexities of insurance providers.

Time Limits for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Claim in California

Time limits to file a pedestrian accident can be challenging to decipher. Typically, you have 2 years to file from the date of the accident, but there are some considerations that may challenge this deadline. Here is a breakdown of situations that may pertain to you.

If you were injured by a government-owned vehicle, personnel, or negligence in maintaining roads or sidewalks, you have less time to make a claim. They then have 45 days to respond. Should they deny your claim, you’ll then have 6 months from the date of the denial letter to file a formal suit.

If a minor is hurt in the accident the time limitation to file starts on their 18th birthday for the 24 months window of filing.

These are only some examples of the differing statutes of limitations. It’s important to consult with a Pasadena personal injury attorney to make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines that could affect your ability to recover money at all. Grigoryan Blum & Grigoryan, personal injury attorneys, offer a free consultation to offer advice on unique situations and will represent you in court if necessary. Our Pasadena pedestrian accident lawyers will passionately fight for you and your right to fair compensation.

Request Your FREE Accident Consultation Today

At Grigoryan Blum & Grigoryan Law Office, we help victims recover full and fair compensation for their injuries, To learn more, do not hesitate to contact our team today for immediate legal assistance. We serve pedestrian accident victims throughout Southern California.

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Common Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents

  • Road Rash
  • Torn Rotator Cuff / Dislocated Shoulder
  • Abdominal Injuries
  • Lung Injuries
  • Injuries to Facial Structure
  • Neck Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Back Injuries
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Brain Injuries

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

  • Distracted Driving
  • Speeding
  • Intoxicated Driving
  • Backing up Accidents
  • Negligent Turning
  • Failing to Stop or Yield
  • Weather Conditions

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Pedestrian Accident?

Pedestrians that were in an accident can recover compensation for economic damages that have a direct financial cost, as well as non-economic damages that are not easily measured, but can be proved as a result of another’s negligent behavior.

Economic damages include reduced future earnings, lost wages, and medical expenses. These damages can be determined quickly through medical records, doctor’s notes, and bills.

Non-econmic damages include mental and emotional distress, reduced quality of life, pain, and suffering. These damages can be determined through psychological counseling and mental health professionals.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury Law

How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?

Generally, there is a two-year statute of limitation on personal injury claims; HOWEVER, there are exceptions to this, and it varies, depending on who caused the injury, the age of the injured person, etc. It is always important to reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that you don’t lose any rights you may have by missing important dates.

How do I get the help I need to recover after an accident?

Reaching out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible is the best way to recover after an accident. Personal injury attorneys help to not only get you adequate compensation for your injuries, but can also help make sure that you get proper medical care. Many people don’t have insurance or know where to go after an accident. Having a personal injury attorney on your side will make the entire process easier.

What damages are recoverable in pedestrian accident cases?

Damages come in two forms: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are things like: lost earnings - both past and future, medical bills - both past and future, property damage, etc. Non-economic damages are also referred to as general damages and pain and suffering, and include things like: permanent disfigurement, pain, mental anguish, anxiety, diminished quality of life, etc. If you are married and injured, your spouse may also have a claim called loss of consortium for what was lost to the marriage due to the injuries. This list is not exhaustive, so it’s best to reach out to a Pasadena personal injury attorney after an injury to know exactly what damages are compensable in your particular case.

What should I bring to my meeting with a lawyer? 

After you have decided to schedule a free consultation, having all of your information together is very important, and gives your attorney a chance to look at all of the details of your case and evaluate your position. You can read our full article on what to bring to your free consultation here.

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