Santa Clarita Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Santa Clarita is a beautiful city located approximately 30 miles northwest of Downtown Los Angeles with a population of around 180,000 people.
Like the rest of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Santa Clarita enjoys almost year-round great weather and sunshine, making it a great place for residents that enjoy walking around town.
There are a variety of retail and entertainment areas that have many restaurants, stores, movie theaters, bars and more that people love to spend time walking to and around.
Hiking is also a popular activity in Santa Clarita, with several popular trail entrances located in and around the city such as the Iron Horse Trailhead, Promenade Trailhead, Auto Center Trailhead, South Fork Trailhead, Lost Canyon Road Trailhead, and the Camp Plenty Road Trailhead.
Walking and jogging are not only an enjoyable way to spend some time exploring Santa Clarita but are also great for your health with doctors recommending activity such as walking on a daily basis.
Unfortunately wherever pedestrians are sharing roads and space with other motor vehicles such as passenger cars, SUVs, delivery vans, trucks, Ubers, and even bicycles and motorcycles, the risk of being injured in an accident increases dramatically.
If you or a family member has been involved in a pedestrian accident in the Santa Clarita Valley, contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today for a FREE consultation.
Why Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim?
Anytime someone is injured in an auto accident whilst out jogging or walking, it is referred to by law as being involved in a pedestrian accident.
Most pedestrian accidents lead to much more serious injuries than other types of motor vehicle accidents, given the unprotected nature of the person walking.
To receive the maximum compensation for your injuries, you’ll need an experienced personal injury attorney that specializes in motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents in Santa Clarita.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim have been serving the residents of Santa Clarita and the greater Los Angeles Metro area for many years and have proudly built their reputation on treating all clients with compassion and respect, whilst diligently building cases and aggressively negotiating claims with the insurance companies and negligent parties.
Daniel Kim and his legal team have amassed client reviews on Yelp, Facebook, and Google from over 1000 previous clients, attesting to their dedication and ability to win cases.
We are available to answer your questions and concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can even come to you if you are unable to visit our office.
Daniel Kim only handles motor vehicle accidents and will not settle with any insurance company for a quick and easy payday.
We always put our clients first and will fight to get the maximum financial settlement possible.
Contact us today for a free initial case review and consultation.
How Much Is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
Because injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle can be much more severe than if the victim was driving a car, the recovery time, medical bills, and financial losses can also greater.
As those bills stack up and your stress level increases, it is perfectly normal to begin wondering how much compensation you could be due, and when you could receive it.
During our initial case review, we will attempt to manage your expectations by letting you know how and when we will be building your case.
To value your case correctly, we may send you to be evaluated by other medical professionals, obtain and decipher all medical and police reports, investigate everything thoroughly including looking at all photos and videos from the accident scene, and talk to everyone involved including witnesses and bystanders.
Some of the things we will try to recover damages for include:
- Past, current, and future medical bills and expenses.
- Past and future loss of wages and earnings.
- Past, current and future pain and suffering.
- Any property damage sustained.
In the event that the negligent parties or defendants conduct or driving was extremely reckless, we may also seek punitive damages.
To get your case started, speak with The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today.
Common Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents In Santa Clarita
Every year, thousands of people are injured and killed because of negligent drivers.
This happens in urban areas and residential zones, both of which are in Santa Clarita.
Even though you may be on a quiet and relatively safe street, all it takes is one reckless motor vehicle to cause life-altering injuries.
Pedestrians can be hard to see, especially at night, on dimly lit streets or during inclement weather.
Always walk on the footpath when available and stay alert. Just because you can see a car or truck coming doesn’t mean they have seen you.
Although all pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents are unique, some of the most common reasons for collisions include:
Distracted driving – the rise in mobile technology has unfortunately led to more and more car accidents caused by drivers not paying attention to the road and their surroundings. Texting, talking on the phone, checking email, looking at GPS, and scanning the radio can all lead to disaster when you take your eyes off the road and onto that screen. Talking to other passengers and trying to multitask by eating or applying makeup can also lead to an accident.
Driving while intoxicated – driving while drunk or on drugs is both extremely dangerous and highly illegal. Drunk driving causes slow reflexes and reaction times, decreased vision clarity, and general fatigue. Drunk drivers colliding with pedestrians are a leading cause of pedestrian accidents in populated areas such as around shopping malls and entertainment venues.
Speeding drivers – speeding is the primary cause of all motor vehicle accidents across the US and is always more deadly when it involves a pedestrian collision.
Turning without looking – this happens when a driver is turning into an intersection or crosswalk and does not first check for any pedestrians. When this happens they may crash directly into them and cause serious injuries. This is an increasingly common cause of all pedestrian-related motor vehicle accidents.
Bad weather – even though Santa Clarita has almost year-round sunshine, when it does rain the roads get dangerous and drivers become unpredictable. Built-up oil deposits can make streets slippery, and inclement weather can make pedestrians hard to see. Always pay extra attention during these circumstances.
Backup accidents – this happens when a driver is reversing out of a parking spot or driveway and does not see the pedestrian coming around the corner or on the sidewalk. The pedestrian may not see a driver backing up because of a blocked line of sight, and may not hear them or be paying attention if they are listening to music or talking on the phone. Drive slowly and pay attention.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries In Santa Clarita
Even at low speeds, motor vehicles can cause severe injuries to pedestrians. But when that speed increases, the results can be disastrous.
For example, crosswalks are supposed to be the safest place for pedestrians across the street, and drivers must give way to someone walking or about to walk in a crosswalk.
The NHTSA has reported that at 20 mph, 9 out of 10 pedestrians could survive a collision in a crosswalk, but if you double the speed, only 1 out of 10 are expected to survive.
The same report states that nearly 100% of pedestrians hit in a crosswalk will sustain at least some kind of injury.
Pedestrians have not been fitted with safety measures such as airbags, seatbelts, and crash warning systems like most motor vehicles, making pedestrian accident injuries some of the most severe of all car and truck related accidents.
Some common injuries we see from pedestrian accidents include:
- Concussion and traumatic brain injuries.
- Broken bones and fractures.
- Neck and back injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Internal bleeding.
- Torn ligaments and soft tissue damage.
- Cuts and bruises.
- Nerve damage.
- Loss of limbs.
Any of these injuries or combinations thereof can cause life-changing consequences and require significant medical treatment and recovery time.
Let Daniel Kim and his legal team be your advocates and get you the financial compensation you rightly deserve.
Santa Clarita Pedestrian Accident Stats
In 2013, there were approximately 150,000 reported pedestrian accidents that required treatment in a hospital or emergency room in the United States.
In the first six months of 2018, there were 432 reported pedestrian fatalities throughout the state of California. This was the highest number for any state in the US.
Busiest Streets And Intersections In Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita is the third largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan region and is an interesting mix of commercial, urban, residential, and industrial areas.
Because of this, there are a variety of roads that pedestrians especially need to be wary of and careful on.
Some of these include:
Golden Valley Road
Langside Avenue and Soledad Canyon Road
Soledad Canyon Road and Whites Canyon Road
Bouquet Canyon Road and Seco Canyon Road
Wiley Canyon Road
Soledad Canyon Road and Whites Canyon Road
Bouquet Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road
Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road
Bouquet Canyon Road and Newhall Ranch Road
Pedestrians should also pay extra attention around popular shopping areas like the Westfield Valencia Town Center, Bouquet Shopping Center, Valencia Marketplace, Orchard Village Plaza, and The Oaks Plaza.