Glendale Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Glendale is a busy and growing city with a thriving downtown area including major retail locations such as the Glendale Galleria and Americana outdoor mall, as well as a variety of restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.
Throughout Glendale, but especially in the downtown area centered around Brand Blvd, there is a tremendous amount of pedestrian activity day and night.
Unfortunately, when there are this many people out walking, pedestrian accidents will inevitably occur.
If you or a family member has been injured in a Glendale pedestrian accident, contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today for a Free consultation.
Why Contact The Law Offices Of Daniel Kim
Anytime a person has been injured in any type of motor vehicle accident is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
That includes being involved in an accident as a pedestrian.
Daniel Kim and his highly regarded legal team have helped thousands of clients get the compensation they deserve for injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident.
Our office has countless positive reviews from very satisfied previous clients on Facebook, Yelp, Google, and other websites.
We exclusively handle motor vehicle injury accidents, and will not settle with the insurance companies for a simple and easy payday.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to help you.
Contact us today.
Dealing With The Insurance Companies
When you get out of the hospital and you are focusing on getting to doctor appointments to work on your health, the last thing you want to do is fight with the insurance companies.
When you hire Daniel Kim and his legal team we will handle all this stuff for you, and that way you can focus on your health and physical recovery.
Don’t make the mistake of fighting the insurance companies by yourself, because you will regret that decision the rest of your life.
Common Types Of Pedestrian Accidents In Glendale
Just like any motor vehicle accident, a pedestrian accident can happen for a variety of reasons.
Occasionally accidents just can’t be avoided, but there are steps that pedestrians can take to keep themselves safe, such as avoiding listening to loud music, video chatting, texting, and just being more aware of their surroundings.
Some of the most common pedestrian accidents we see include:
Crosswalk accidents – when a driver is not paying attention and does not yield at a crosswalk, a pedestrian could be struck, causing serious injuries and having criminal ramifications for the driver.
Hit and run accidents – this is common amongst drivers who do not have a valid license, registration or insurance, or who have been driving under the influence.
Backup accidents – this type of accident usually occurs when a driver is backing up out of a driveway or a parking spot, does not check to see if the coast is clear thus striking a pedestrian.
Intersection accidents – this usually occurs when a motor vehicle is turning at an intersection and the driver is not paying attention or looking for people already on the road or stepping off the sidewalk.
Whatever the reason or cause for your pedestrian accident in Glendale, speak with Daniel Kim today about what to do next.
Common Injuries From A Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrians that are hit by a motor vehicle will usually suffer fairly serious injuries, and the larger the vehicle the worse it could be.
For instance, the pedestrian hit by a small passenger vehicle or Uber will normally sustain less serious injuries than someone hit by a delivery van or large truck.
The speed of the vehicle, the pedestrian’s age and general health, angle of impact, and other indicators will also play a part in how badly the victim is injured.
Injuries received from a pedestrian accident in Glendale include:
Head injuries – concussion and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have long-lasting effects after the accident that will need to be monitored for quite some time by a neurologist.
Internal injuries – rib fractures, internal bleeding, and organ damage are all very serious and sadly all too common after a pedestrian accident.
Leg and knee injuries – these could include sprains, fractures, and broken bones that could even require major surgery such as a knee replacement procedure.
Neck and back injuries – these are some of the most common injuries from any motor vehicle-related accident and could include neck sprain, whiplash, disc trauma, and spinal cord injuries.
Cuts and bruises – no matter what, if you are a pedestrian that is hit by a moving car or truck, you are going to receive at least some cuts and bruises. Severe cuts and lacerations could require extensive medical treatment.
Other common injuries include torn ligaments, nerve damage, and pelvic injuries, as well as numerous emotional and psychological damages.
What To Do If Injured In A Glendale Pedestrian Accident
Getting medical attention as soon as possible is critical, but there are several things you need to remember if you are involved in a pedestrian accident in Glendale.
See the doctor immediately – as previously discussed, being hit by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian can cause major medical problems. Some injuries may not reveal themselves for days or even weeks and worsen with time, so getting in front of that is your number one priority. Not only will seeing the doctor quickly help keep you alive, but it will also strengthen your case.
Gather evidence – if you can, use your phone at the scene of the accident to take photos and videos of everything. All vehicles involved, all people involved, road and street signs, weather, quality of the roadway, everything you can. Also collect information from everybody involved including driver license, registration, insurance, witness names and phone numbers, police officer’s name and badge number, and any other information you think may be relevant. Take detailed notes, and keep track of all medical receipts and interactions with every doctor, as well as insurance adjusters and anyone else related to your accident. This detailed information will be extremely helpful as we progress through your personal injury case.
Stay quiet – you will no doubt get a call from the driver’s insurance company and their designated adjuster. They will more than likely ask you for a recorded statement. Do not agree to this or sign any documents. Simply get their name and contact information and relay that to your attorney. The insurance adjuster may seem like they are on your side, but they are not. They are highly trained to save the company money and reduce the amount of compensation they will have to pay you.
Call The Law Offices of Daniel Kim – insurance adjusters view unrepresented injury victims as easy targets. It is their job to do anything they can to avoid paying you the damages you deserve for your injuries. Daniel Kim and his legal team are highly trained and skilled professionals that know every insurance company trick and how to beat them at their own game. Our goal is to recover as much compensation for you and your injuries as possible. We do not settle for low ball offers and will fight for you every step of the way.
California Pedestrian Right Of Way Laws
Pedestrian accident injury cases are some of the most contested of all cases by insurance companies, partly because the laws are a little tricky in their wording.
According to the California Vehicle Code 21950, 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.”
This basically means that as long as a pedestrian is crossing in a marked crosswalk or crossing at an intersection that may or may not have a marked crosswalk, then the pedestrian has the right-of-way.
However, the same vehicle code states, “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.”
Pedestrians are not legally allowed to walk into the street without a crosswalk, also known as jaywalking. But if they do and the driver has enough time to slow down they must do so.
So when you are pedestrian, use the crosswalks, watch for traffic, be aware of your surroundings, and stay safe.
Glendale Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to a report from the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 151 pedestrian injuries and deaths reported in Glendale last year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 867 pedestrian fatalities in the State of California during the same time period.
Across the United States, 16% of all traffic accident-related deaths were pedestrians, and a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 1.5 hours on average.
Furthermore, 1 in 5 pedestrian fatalities in the US is a direct result of a hit and run accident.
Worst Roads And Intersections In Glendale
According to the Allstate Insurance “Best Drivers” annual report, Glendale California is now and has been one of the most dangerous cities in America for driving for the past 12 years in a row, with drivers 83% more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident than the national average.
Because of this, and also the rising popularity of handheld devices such as cell phones and mobile tablets, pedestrians in Glendale need to take extra care when walking in and around the city.
Some of the most dangerous streets and intersections in Glendale include:
- Colorado Street and Pacific Avenue
- Brand Blvd and Goode Ave
- Honolulu Ave and Lowell Ave
- Brand Blvd and Broadway
- Central Ave and Colorado Ave
- Brand Blvd and Sanchez Drive
- Highland Ave and Glenoaks Blvd
- Glenoaks Blvd and Pacific Ave
- Broadway and Pacific Ave
If you are involved in any type of pedestrian accident in Glendale, contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today for a free consultation.