Beverly Hills Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Beverly Hills is one of the most visited places in all of Los Angeles with more than 7.5 million people flocking to the city last year.
With its world-famous streets like Rodeo Drive, along with some of the best retail stores and renowned hotels and restaurants, it’s no wonder why the sidewalks are always full of pedestrians.
Add to that practically year-round great weather, it’s no wonder why so many people want to visit this beautiful city.
But it’s not only tourists that are pedestrians through Beverly Hills.
The city is also home to many major financial institutions, medical practices, law firms, and luxury car dealerships, so many locals are pounding the pavement also.
While Beverly Hills may seem like an incredibly desirable and safe place to walk around, unfortunately anytime you have this many pedestrians in one area as well as nonstop motor vehicle traffic, it’s inevitable that you’ll see a fair share of pedestrian accidents.
If you, a family member, or a loved one has been injured in a Beverly Hills pedestrian accident, contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today for a free consultation.
Why Contact The Law Offices Of Daniel Kim
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident in Beverly Hills, it is extremely important that you speak with a personal injury attorney in short order.
But not just any personal injury attorney will do.
You will need a lawyer that specializes strictly in motor vehicle-related accident cases such as truck, car, Uber, motorcycle, bike, and pedestrian accidents.
In other words, you need an injury lawyer like Daniel Kim.
Daniel Kim is an award-winning personal injury attorney that knows exactly how to deal with insurance companies and does not take lowball settlements for an easy payday.
Daniel and his experienced legal team have more than 1000 positive reviews on Facebook, Yelp, and Google from previous clients attesting to their expertise and commitment.
You can contact our office 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and when you do you’ll speak with Daniel himself, not an assistant or paralegal like many law firms.
Call us today if you have any questions and for an initial case review and Free consultation.
Common Injuries From A Pedestrian Accident
Anytime a pedestrian is hit by a car, whether it is a passenger car like an Uber or Lyft, an SUV or even a delivery van or truck, the injuries are quite often severe.
The unprotected nature of being a pedestrian versus the driver in a car that is wrapped in steel and wearing a seatbelt means the pedestrian is always going to come off worse for wear.
Factors such as how fast the car was going, the size of the vehicle, whether the vehicle hit the pedestrian straight on or with the side of the car, and also the pedestrian’s age and general health will also play a part in how bad the injuries could be.
Common injuries received from pedestrian accidents include:
Leg injuries – broken ankles, torn tendons and cartilage, fractured femurs and kneecaps.
Head injuries – traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, brain bleed, and swelling.
Neck and back injuries – disc problems, whiplash, neck sprain, spinal cord damage.
Internal injuries – trauma to organs such as the liver, spleen, and kidney are common after a pedestrian is struck by a moving vehicle, as is internal bleeding
Cuts and bruises – this is all but guaranteed, and deeper lacerations may require stitches or even surgery.
Disfigurement – this could be either temporary or permanent.
Death – if the pedestrian accident is fatal, a wrongful death claim could be instigated.
Pedestrian accidents nearly always cause serious injuries, and it is extremely important that you receive proper medical care as soon as possible.
California Pedestrian Laws And Right Of Way
A pedestrian should never jaywalk or walk into the street without a crosswalk.
Drivers may not see you and could cause an accident.
But if a driver does see you and they have enough time to slow down they must do so.
California Vehicle Code 21950 says that “No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.”
The same code also states that “drivers “shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
Therefore as long as a pedestrian crosses the street using a designated crosswalk, they have the right-of-way.
The State of California has also set a statute of limitations regarding pedestrian accidents.
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure 335.1, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party.
Failure to do so could result in the barring of your claim.
Also worth noting is that if you are hit by a city bus or other government entity, you only have 180 days or six months to file a claim after the date of your accident.
Keep yourself safe by always using the crosswalk and checking to make sure the coast is clear before you step off the curb.
If you are hit by a motor vehicle, contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim.
Common Types Of Pedestrian Accidents
There are 1000s of reasons why a pedestrian accident can happen, just like any motor vehicle accident.
Avoiding situations like listening to loud music, talking on the phone, and texting while walking will help you stay more alert and aware of your surroundings, and hopefully keep you from being in the accident.
The most common pedestrian accidents we see include:
Crosswalk accidents – when a driver ignores a crosswalk and hits a pedestrian while they are legally crossing the road, the injuries can be severe and the driver could be criminally liable.
Hit and run accident – this is very common among those driving under the influence or that do not have a license, registration or insurance.
Backup accidents – this typically happens when a driver is backing out of a driveway or parking lot and is not able to see pedestrians in their blind spot.
Intersection accidents – this often happens when a driver is turning and does not see people walking.
What To Do After a Being Involved In A Pedestrian Accident
The number one thing you need to do is seek medical assistance immediately.
Not all injuries are visible, with some taking time to develop and causing more problems if they not diagnosed early.
Call 911 and telling you of been involved in a pedestrian accident, that you require medical treatment and transportation, and ask for police assistance.
Get the name and badge number of the responding officers and find out where you can get a copy of the accident report.
Collect evidence from the scene by taking photos and videos with your cell phone of everything relevant such as injuries, property damage, where the car was positioned when it hit you, street signs, road quality, and anything else you may think of.
There is no such thing as too many photos.
Get everybody’s information who was involved.
This includes driver’s license, registration, insurance information, and phone numbers.
Also, collect the contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
And do not give a statement or sign anything from the other person’s insurance company until you have had a chance to consult with The Law Offices of Daniel Kim.
Beverly Hills Pedestrian Accident Statistics
With 7.5 million people visiting the city of Beverly Hills last year and that number growing year-by-year, it comes as no surprise that city sidewalks are packed every day.
Over the past 11 years, approximately 700 pedestrians were injured in accidents in Beverly Hills.
Out of these, 8 were fatal.
In 2016, 69 pedestrians were injured on Beverly Hills streets, but in 2017, that number dropped to 59 pedestrians injured.
Sadly however, pedestrian fatalities are increasing.
The Los Angeles Times reported a few years ago that Beverly Hills intersections were “disproportionately dangerous for pedestrians”, noting particularly problematic intersections around Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards.
Nationally there are over 100,000 pedestrian accidents reported each year, with more than 50,000 of those resulting in death.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Nearly half of all vehicle involved pedestrian fatalities happened between 3 and 4 PM, and 49% of fatal pedestrian accidents involved drugs or alcohol.
Most Dangerous Roads In Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills may not have any freeways passing through its city limits, but it certainly has some high traffic corridors that commuters use every day.
- Santa Monica Blvd.
- Olympic Boulevard.
- Pico Boulevard.
- Wilshire Blvd.
- Robertson Blvd.
- Rodeo Drive.
- Rexford Ave.
- Canon Drive.
- Burton Way.
- Sunset Blvd.
The best way to stay safe as a pedestrian and avoid being in an accident in Beverly Hills is to stay aware and about obey road rules.
If you are injured by a negligent driver, call The Law Offices of Daniel Kim and speak with an experienced pedestrian injury attorney today.