Encino Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Encino is an amazing place to live and work, with great Southern California weather and a huge variety of employment, retail, dining, and entertainment options, especially along Ventura Blvd.
Because of this, many residents and visitors spend their time walking around the neighborhood enjoying everything that Encino has to offer.
Encino is located in the San Fernando Valley and is one of the most pedestrian-friendly areas in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, offering everything from hiking and relaxing strolls through the Santa Monica Mountains to window shopping in and around Encino Commons.
City of Los Angeles officials are constantly looking for ways to keep pedestrians safe and have instituted the “Vision Zero” plan to eliminate traffic deaths in LA by 2035.
However, despite these efforts, pedestrian accidents are all too common and actually on the rise.
If you or a friend or family member has been injured in an Encino pedestrian accident, contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim today for a Free consultation.
Why Should I Contact The Law Offices Of Daniel Kim?
The Law Office of Daniel Kim is an established and well respected personal injury law firm that has a proven track record of taking care of Encino residents and winning cases.
We are so confident in our abilities to win injury cases that when you retain the Law Office of Daniel Kim to represent you, you will not pay any fees until we win your case.
Daniel Kim and his experienced legal team have over 1000 positive reviews from happy previous clients on Facebook, Google, and Yelp, amongst other websites and publications.
We work closely and diligently with our clients to build solid cases and will negotiate aggressively with the insurance companies to recover the maximum compensation possible.
We take the time to give each case the attention it deserves and use cutting edge investigation methods and technology to build winning claims.
Call The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today for a free initial case review and consultation.
Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you may have.
Common Types Of Pedestrian Accidents In Encino
Pedestrian accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases, even death and are almost always much more serious than when just motor vehicles are involved in a collision.
The sheer size and weight of even a small car, let alone a large van or truck, versus an unprotected pedestrian, is a recipe for disaster.
Some common reasons for pedestrian accidents could include:
Crosswalk accidents – drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in either unmarked or marked crosswalks is one of the most common causes of all pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians crossing at a crossing sometimes assume that a vehicle has seen them and will stop but it is not always the case, even though California law states the pedestrians have the right of way in any crosswalk.
Hit and run – this is especially common if a driver is under the influence of alcohol, or does not have the legally required valid license, registration, and insurance. Fleeing the accident scene is illegal and when caught, the driver will be in significantly more trouble than if they just stayed at the accident scene.
Speeding cars – driving fast and recklessly are the leading causes of all US motor vehicle accidents, and can be especially hazardous when pedestrians are about. If someone is out walking or jogging and struck at a high speed the injuries sustained will usually be significantly worse.
Back up accidents – many times when people are backing up out of a driveway or parking space they do not check for pedestrians, bike riders and other vehicles. And unfortunately, sometimes pedestrians walk around without paying attention to the motor vehicles around them and may not be aware a vehicle is backing up, especially when they have headphones on.
Intersection accidents – when a vehicle is turning at an intersection or cross street and the driver does not notice people walking it can cause a major pedestrian accident. More of these types of accidents occur when the driver is turning left rather than right. Trucks and large delivery vehicles generally have a reduced field of vision and greater blind spots.
Whatever the reason or cause behind your Encino pedestrian accident, The Law Offices of Daniel Kim have seen it all and can help you.
Call us today.
Common Injuries From A Encino Pedestrian Accident
Because a car or truck is much larger and heavier than a human being, when they collide with a pedestrian there are bound to be serious injuries. And the bigger the vehicle, the more devastating the injuries.
Other factors such as the speed the vehicle were traveling, and the age and general health of the pedestrian will also play a role in the seriousness of the injuries sustained as a result of the crash.
Some common injuries we see from Encino pedestrian accidents include:
Head trauma – serious concussions and brain injuries such as TBI can take months or even years to recover from.
Neck injuries – whiplash and neck sprain are two of the most common complaints after being in any motor vehicle traffic accident.
Cuts and bruises – pedestrians being struck by a motor vehicle often receive serious lacerations that could require immediate medical attention and even result in amputation.
Broken and fractured bones – usually some of the most common reported injuries after a pedestrian accident include broken wrists, ankles, collarbones, and ribs.
Back and spine injuries – bugling discs, lumbar issues, and spinal cord damage can require surgery and take a long time to recover from. Severe spinal cord damage can even cause paralysis and confine the victim to a wheelchair for the rest of their life.
Other common injuries from an Encino pedestrian collision include internal injuries and bleeding, pelvic injuries, and death.
It is important that you get seen by a doctor immediately after the accident, even if you think your injuries may not require treatment.
Getting evaluated at a hospital or ER after your accident is crucial and could make the difference between both a swift recovery and a winning case.
How Much Is My Encino Pedestrian Accident Settlement Worth?
If you have been injured in an Encino pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle, you should be entitled to receive compensation for the injuries you have sustained, current and future medical bills, loss of both currents and future earnings, and in some cases pain and suffering.
Choosing an expert personal injury attorney like Daniel Kim is an important step in getting correctly compensated for your injuries and the stress suffered as a result.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim has years of experience in winning Encino pedestrian accident cases and knows how to work with the complicated legal system and insurance companies.
We know that every case is different and unique and that your case value will likely change as we build your case depending on escalating medical bills, costs for future care, and time off work.
That is why we won’t lie to you in the beginning and give you an imaginary number just to gain your trust.
On the contrary, during our initial conversations, we will manage expectations and explain why we need to wait until we have all the facts and evidence on hand to properly value your case.
At the end of the day, when you hire the Law Offices of Daniel Kim, you can rest assured that you are in good and ethical hands and that our team will be fighting tooth and nail to make sure you get the maximum compensation available.
California Pedestrian Laws And Right Of Way
A pedestrian is defined as someone that is on foot, on a skateboard, roller skates, using a wheelchair, but not riding a bicycle.
The CVC 21950 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.”
But pedestrians also have laws they need to follow, such as not jaywalking or stepping out into the street without a crosswalk.
The California Vehicle Code 21954(a) clearly states that “Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.”
Pedestrians, including those who have handicaps, have a responsibility to act safely when they do want to cross a road, street or at any intersection.
The California Vehicle Code does give any blind pedestrian with a white car or service dog the right of way. The CVC also forbids anyone other than the blind form carrying a white cane.
Encino Pedestrian Accident Statistics
In California, pedestrians make up a quarter of all roadway deaths. In the first half of 2018 alone, there 432 pedestrians were killed on California roads.
A report from the NHTSA stated that in 2017 there were 5,977 pedestrian fatalities from traffic accidents across the US.
In Los Angeles in 2015, 74 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles. That number increased dramatically to 134 in 2017, which was the highest number in more than 15 years.
Most Dangerous Roads And Intersections In Encino
The most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in Encino are the crosswalks at the entrance and exit ramps of each the 101 and 405 freeways. Always take extra care when in these areas.
Other busy Encino streets pedestrians need to be careful on include:
White Oak Ave.