Burbank Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Burbank California is a great place to live.
It has many tree lined streets and walkable neighborhoods, along with a variety of major corporate headquarters, media and entertainment districts, and of course the movie studios.
Because of this, along with traffic and rising gas prices, many people in Burbank walk to work, shops and restaurants instead of commuting by car.
It also helps that weather in Burbank year round is pretty spectacular and conducive to walking everywhere.
But with more pedestrians around, the greater the chance of them being involved in a serious accident with a motor vehicle.
A report released in 2019 says that Burbank officials have been studying the ways in which pedestrian and bicycle safety can be improved in the city.
Cities throughout California are building newer and better infrastructure such as more street lighting, traffic signals, and higher visibility crosswalks in the hopes of decreasing the amounts of pedestrian accidents.
But in reality, wherever there are cars and pedestrians sharing the same space there will always be accidents.
We hope that reading this article will help you avoid being involved in a pedestrian accident in Burbank, as well as understand your rights and what to do next if you are injured.
Call us if you need a Burbank pedestrian accident lawyer to help you.
Why Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim
We truly hope you will never need to contact a pedestrian accident attorney, but if you are unfortunately injured and need help, your next step is to contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim.
Daniel Kim is a very experienced Burbank personal injury attorney that deals only in motor vehicle accidents.
We have a proven history of winning cases and helping our clients receive that maximum compensation possible.
We have over 1000 positive reviews from former clients on Google, Yelp and Facebook, and take great pride in having helped so many people be made whole again.
When you retain The Law Office of Daniel Kim to represent you, you will not pay anything unless we win your case.
We are extremely confident in our ability to help clients and close cases as our reputation shows.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured In A Pedestrian Accident
If you do receive injuries after being involved in a pedestrian accident no matter how minor you think they might be, the first thing you should do is seek medical help immediately.
Being transported by EMS or ambulance from the scene of the accident is ideal.
The faster you can get to the ER or see a doctor, the falser you will be on the road to recovery.
Seeking immediate medical treatment will also help your case, as many insurance companies will assume that if you waited to see a doctor that your injuries were not as bad as you claim, even though that may not be the case.
After you have seen the doctor and been released from hospital, your next step is to contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim for a FREE consultation.
We will assess your case over the phone, and give advice on what to do next.
Insurance companies will be hounding you, trying to get you to say it wasn’t their drivers fault or settle quickly for a fraction of what your case is actually worth.
Do not agree to or sign anything until you have first spoken with Daniel Kim.
We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you during this extremely difficult time.
Call Daniel Kim today for a FREE consultation and get answers to whatever questions you might have.
Common Types Of Pedestrian Accidents
Anytime a pedestrian is struck by a moving vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic or even fatal.
After all, the driver is surrounded by protective material and wearing a seatbelt, the pedestrian is not.
Situations the could involve pedestrian accidents include:
- Crosswalk accidents – this is a very common place for pedestrians to be hit by a moving vehicle.
- Hit and run – this happens when a driver is either unaware they have struck a pedestrian, or flees the scene to avoid getting in trouble. This is common when the driver is drunk. No matter what, leaving the scene of an accident is illegal.
- Intersection accidents – often when a vehicle is turning at an intersection or red light, or into a street, the driver doesn’t or can’t see people walking and stepping off the curb which results in the pedestrian being hit.
- Back up accidents – when people are reversing out of a driveway or parking spot and hit a pedestrian who does not see them backing up. This is sadly a very common cause of accidents for those out jogging, especially at night.
No matter the circumstances, if you have suffered an injury as a pedestrian contact Daniel Kim and his legal team today.
Common Injuries From A Pedestrian Accident
When a pedestrian is hit by a moving vehicle such as a car or truck, it is highly likely that injuries will occur.
The seriousness of these injuries will depend of factors such as the speed of the vehicle and if they were able to brake, where the impact occurred on the pedestrian, and even the pedestrians age and general health.
It doesn’t matter if a pedestrian gets hit by a teenage driver, a UPS truck, or just a neighbor driving a Honda, if the other driver is negligent then you need to hire a Burbank pedestrian accident lawyer.
Common injuries we see from pedestrian accidents include:
- Broken bones – one of the most common injuries sustained as a result of a pedestrian being hit by a car, including broken ankles, wrists arms and more.
- Internal injuries – this includes fractured ribs, internal bleeding and other very serious conditions such as brain bleeds.
- Cuts and bruises – a very common complaint that can unfortunately take a long time to heal. Serious lacerations may need stitches and even reconstructive surgery.
- Soft tissue injuries – whilst not visible, soft tissue damage can take a long time to heal and have negative lasting effects for years to come.
- Back and spine injury – this is another of the most common injuries seen when a pedestrian is struck by a moving vehicle, and also one of the worst. Damage to the thoracic spine, cervical spine and lumbar can take years to heal. Bulging or ruptured discs and neck sprain are also chronic injuries that may require surgery to repair.
- Head trauma – anytime there is an injury involving the head as a result of an accident, serious precautions must be taken. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussions of any kind can lead to permanent brain damage.
- Death – fatal injuries as a result of a pedestrian accident are obviously the worst case scenario.
Wearing brightly colored clothing and avoiding distractions such as texting or listening to music can help avoid being seriously injured in a pedestrian accident.
California Vehicle and Pedestrian Laws
A pedestrian is defined of someone on foot, in a wheelchair, as well as a person on roller blades, a skateboard or anything other than a bicycle.
We all know that people operating motor vehicles must obey the rules of the road when driving, but as a pedestrian you too are required to follow California vehicle laws.
For your own safety, always cross the road at crosswalks and traffic lights, and never jaywalk.
It is both dangerous and illegal.
In fact, if a motor vehicle is involved in an accident while trying to swerve and avoid a jaywalker, that pedestrian could be found liable for the accident.
Some of the laws anyone driving a motor vehicle must observe include:
Do not stop or drive on a sidewalk, except when entering or exiting a driveway, parking spot or alley.
Always yield to the pedestrian.
If they make eye contact with you, they are ready to cross the road.
Drivers are required to reduce speed and exercise caution when a pedestrian is near or in a crosswalk.
Blind or sight impaired pedestrians always have the right of way.
Striking a blind pedestrian with your car is at least a misdemeanor offense and could get you six months in jail and a fine of up to $1000.
Burbank Pedestrian Accident Stats
Because Burbank is a large city and commuter town, the chance of being involved in an accident is greater than some other cities and surrounding neighborhoods.
A report released in 2018 shows that between June 2013 and June 2018, there were a total of 6,512 vehicle collisions reported in Burbank, with 2,037 resulting in injuries.
Of those, 307 accidents were between a pedestrian and a vehicle, with more than half of these accidents occurring when a pedestrian was walking at a crosswalk and the driver was turning left or right into a street.
Of that number, 9 accidents resulted in fatalities.
Throughout California, pedestrians make up about 14 percent of all reported traffic accidents, and account for approximately half of all traffic accident deaths.
Worst Intersections And Streets For Pedestrians In Burbank
Burbank is heavily trafficked by vehicles of all sizes, bicycles and pedestrians alike.
Dangerous roads and intersections in Burbank for pedestrians include:
- Olive Ave (particularly the 2600 block)
- N. Hollywood Way (around the Hollwood Burbank Airport)
- Glenoaks Blvd at Lincoln Street
- Magnolia Park
- San Fernando Rd and Western Ave
- In and around the Media District
Always be aware of your surroundings.
Remember, you may see the motorist, but they may not see you!
And if you are injured in a Burbank pedestrian accident, call us at The Law Office of Daniel Kim today for a Free consultation.