Long Beach Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Were You Seriously Injured in a Pedestrian Accident in Long Beach?
As one of California’s busiest cities, Long Beach attracts residents and visitors with its unique waterfront setting and world-famous attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific and The Queen Mary. Its downtown, buzzing with dining and shopping opportunities, is best explored on foot. Yet many accidents at intersections and busy roads have raised concerns about the safety of Long Beach pedestrians.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Long Beach, The Law Offices of Daniel Kim can help you recover losses and get your life back on track. We are experts in pedestrian accident cases caused by a negligent driver. Speak with our experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer for your free no obligation consultation.
Why Hire Daniel Kim as Your Long Beach Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim is an award-winning personal injury law firm representing victims of pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients throughout Southern California. Our dedicated, experienced team will handle everything from you, from negotiating with the insurance company to referring you to the best medical providers. Additionally, we can come to you if you are unable to make it into our office.
Daniel Kim has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers, The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, The Best Attorneys in America. He is an experienced negotiator and knows how to handle big corporate insurance companies who will want to settle a claim for as little as possible. In addition to our awards and recognition, we confidently provide our clients these results:
- 99% success rate
- Recovered over $250 million in settlements and verdicts
- Free, no-risk consultation
- Access to the best medical care in Long Beach
- Over 1,000 positive reviews on Yelp and Google
- Available 24-hours a day, seven days a week
Our law office offers a free case evaluation for pedestrian accident lawsuits. We operate on a contingency-fee basis, which means you do not pay any legal fees until we win your case. Request your free consultation today.
What Should You Do After a Pedestrian Accident?
An accident involving a motor vehicle is a disorienting and scary incident. Knowing what to do in the event of an accident can help you or a family member who was involved in a crash. Immediately after an accident, these are the following steps you should take:
- Seek medical attention: Even if you feel fine, you should still receive medical care following an accident to ensure your health is not compromised. This will also contribute to the success of your case.
- Contact the police: The responding officer will create a police report, including important information about the accident and who they believe is at fault.
- Exchange contact information: Collect the name, phone number, driver’s license number, and insurance information of the other driver. You should also get contact information of any witnesses.
- Take photos: If you are capable, take photos or videos of the accident scene and your injuries.
- Contact a pedestrian accident lawyer: A lawyer will discuss your legal options and how to file a pedestrian accident lawsuit.
Is It Worth Getting a Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
Without pedestrian accident lawyers on your side, filing a claim on your own is a difficult endeavor. Any insurance company representative you will speak with will have years of experience handling personal injury lawsuits, and their goal is to settle for as little as possible. By hiring a lawyer, they will negotiate exclusively with the insurance company so you can focus on your health and recovery.
Our professional Long Beach pedestrian accident team has the experience fighting for pedestrian accident victims and gaining maximum compensation. While most personal injury cases settle out of court, we have trial experience and will represent you if your case goes to court.
As part of California’s statute of limitations, accident victims have two years from the date of their accident to file a claim. Hiring a lawyer means you won’t miss any important deadlines. Schedule a free consultation with us today.
What Can I Expect From a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
The value of your pedestrian accident case will depend on the severity of your injuries, as well as several other factors. Legally speaking, your compensation is known as “damages.” There are two types of damages you can recover in a personal injury case: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages include current and future financial losses from an accident and can include the following:
- Medical bills, including ambulance fees and hospitalization
- Physical therapy
- Mental health counseling
- Lost income
Non-economic damages are not determined by financial losses, but can be included in a claim and have no limit:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Anxiety and depression
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
In the tragic event that your loved one was killed in an accident, we can help you file a wrongful death claim. Consult with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the claims process and give you an accurate estimate of your settlement value.
What Are the Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
According to data compiled by the Southern California News Group, there were a reported 73 pedestrian deaths in Long Beach from 2013 to 2018. The cause of these fatalities vary, but the data showed that a majority of accidents occurred in the more densely-populated parts of the city. Additionally, many accidents happen at night when it is harder to see. The following are some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in Long Beach, CA:
- Distracted driving: Drivers distracted by their mobile phones and other electronic devices and not paying attention are 2x more likely to get into accidents.
- Driving under the influence: Drugs and/or alcohol severely limit a driver’s reaction time, and cause more jerky, sudden behaviors.
- Crosswalk accidents: Pedestrians using crosswalks always have the right of way. Drivers who fail to yield or follow traffic laws can cause serious and devastating injuries.
- Intersection accidents: Drivers who run red lights at intersections or who fail to yield put multiple pedestrians at risk.
- Backing up: Drivers who fail to look when backing up can cause serious injury, especially in crowded places like parking lots.
- Poor visibility: A majority of pedestrian accidents in Long Beach occur at night between the hours of 6 pm and 12 am.
- Hit-and-run accidents: When a driver flees the scene without leaving any information, the accident is considered a hit-and-run.
- Left-turn accidents: Drivers who are careless when making left turns cause frequent accidents, and those involving pedestrians are far more serious.
At The Law Offices of Daniel Kim, we have been successful in recovering compensation for accidents resulting in serious and catastrophic injuries. If you are unsure if you qualify, contact a member of our team to discuss your legal options.
Are Pedestrians Ever At Fault?
Pedestrians have a responsibility to keep themselves safe on the road. Just like drivers, pedestrians who are distracted or under the influence increase the risk of an accident. Determining fault can be tricky, especially if both parties’ actions caused the accident. However, even if a pedestrian is found to be partially at fault, there are still options to pursue fair compensation.
California is a comparative fault state, which means both the plaintiff (the person filing the claim) and defendant can seek compensation. If a judge decides the other driver involved in the accident is 60% at fault, you would still be able to claim 40% in damages. Consulting with experienced pedestrian accident attorneys can help you prove the other party is more at fault and help your case overall.
What Are the Most Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries?
Long Beach has some of the best weather in America and pedestrians are abundant on and around the city streets and roadways. A pedestrian is a person traveling on foot and can be walking or running, or those traveling using skateboards, roller skates, and non-electric scooters.
A person in a wheelchair is also considered a pedestrian by definition. When any type of pedestrian is hit by a moving vehicle it is dangerous and usually results in injury. There are many factors that will decide the seriousness of the injury like the speed of the vehicle, impact, age, and health of those involved. These are the most common injuries in Long Beach pedestrian accidents:
- Bone fractures and bone bruises: A bone fracture is a more serious injury and may require surgery, while a bruise is often treated with ice and elevation.
- Traumatic head injuries: A car accident is one of the most common causes of traumatic head injuries. Pedestrians typically suffer far more serious injuries because of the lack of protection.
- Rotator cuff injuries: Your rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder joint, can be torn or damaged in an accident and can require physical therapy.
- Meniscus injuries: Meniscus tears and sprains in your knee can limit your mobility and require physical therapy.
- Soft tissue damage: Injury to the muscles and tendons such as sprains and strains commonly affect the wrist, ankle, and knees.
- Facial and dental fractures: Injury to the face, jaw, and teeth can require extensive surgery and prosthetics. They can lead to scarring and disfigurement.
- Spinal cord injuries: Your spinal cord is connected to all functions of the body, and an accident can cause severe and irreversible damage.
- Amputation: Due to a traumatic accident, this is a life-changing injury and requires intense healing and recovery.
- Wrongful death: When someone is killed due to the negligence of another person, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim.
Long Beach Pedestrian Accident Statistics
With a population of over 450,000 as of 2020, Long Beach is one of the largest and most densely-populated cities in California. Downtown and North Long Beach see many serious accidents due to narrow streets and high foot traffic, while Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is prone to speeding accidents.
Dangerous Roads and Intersections
Pacific Avenue, one of Long Beach’s main thoroughfares cutting through the city, experiences some of the deadliest accidents in the city’s history. This data found that where Seventh Street meets Pacific Avenue in downtown had the most pedestrian fatalities over five years.
Many of the pedestrian accidents in Long Beach, CA occur at the following points:
- Seventh St. and Pacific Ave.
- Burnett St. and Pacific Ave.
- Pacific Coast Hwy.
- Long Beach Blvd.
- Anaheim St.
- Orange Ave.
- Atlantic Ave.
To eliminate fatal and serious traffic collisions by 2026, the city’s Safe Streets “Vision Zero” plan is improving pedestrian crossings and bike lanes, while encouraging all residents to practice safe driving and reduce speeding in an effort to protect pedestrians.
Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim Today
Our Long Beach law firm wants to hear from you if you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident due to negligence. From the moment you call us, we make a promise to fully dedicate ourselves to your case. We will meticulously investigate every detail, reach out to all parties involved, and build a formidable case with the goal of securing maximum compensation. Our team doesn’t give up a fight easily, and we will represent you in court if necessary.
We offer our services free of charge until you recover compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. With a 99% success rate, we are confident we can win your personal injury lawsuit. Call or send us a message today to speak with a member of our legal team.START YOUR FREE CONSULTATION
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