Pedestrian accidents can be a terrifying experience for the victims, resulting in long-term emotional pain, such as PTSD, as well as numerous physical injuries. The feeling of the impact, the crunch of metal, and the smell of burning rubber from the tires may be ingrained in your memory for life. Unfortunately for the victims, pedestrian accidents are all too common in Canoga Park.
Types of Pedestrian Car Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are considered to be accidents involving a car, truck, or motorcycle and a person not in a vehicle. For pedestrians, (such as walkers, runners, and shoppers), the following are common types of accidents:
- Crosswalk Accidents: A pedestrian is lawfully crossing in a crosswalk at the time of the accident and a vehicle fails to give pedestrians the right-of-way, hitting them within the crosswalk.
- Parking Lot Accidents: Quite common, these accidents occur when a vehicle is backing up and strikes a pedestrian in the process.
- Loss of Control Accidents: When a driver loses control of his vehicle, perhaps after falling asleep at the wheel or while texting and driving, and sideswipes a pedestrian on a sidewalk.
This list is not exhaustive and all types of pedestrian-related accidents can be fatal. If you or a loved one was injured by a negligent driver, contact an experienced accident attorney to discuss your legal rights.
Pedestrian Turned Hit and Run Accident
Not surprisingly, pedestrian accidents often quickly become hit and runs, as the driver responsible does not want to face his mistakes and drives off, leaving an innocent victim to fend for himself. This is against the law, as California law clearly requires the driver of a vehicle to remain at the scene of the crash if he or she has caused personal injuries to a pedestrian. Discuss your legal rights with an accident lawyer who is an expert in hit and runs. You may be able to recover more financial compensation than you believe.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident that was not your fault, including a pedestrian accident, know that the law is on your side and financial compensation may be available to you. This means you may be able to recover money for your medical expenses, emotional trauma, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
For more information, including a free consultation, contact Canoga Park pedestrian lawyer Barry P. Goldberg today.