Long Beach Pedestrian Injury Attorneys Discuss Compensation
Get Legal Help for Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic in nature. The human body, when completely exposed, cannot take the impact of a motor vehicle in motion, which involves an immense amount of force. That is why even a slow vehicle can cause serious injuries to a pedestrian. To prevent such accidents, both motorists and pedestrians are expected to abide by certain rules and regulations of the road. Although car-pedestrian collisions are occasionally caused by reckless and/or negligent actions on the part of the pedestrian, the motorist is more often at fault.
As a pedestrian accident victim, you are likely getting assailed by the costs associated with recovery. If another party was at fault, you should not have to pay for the damages. Get the compensation you deserve by bringing a Long Beach personal injury lawsuit against the liable party. However, you should first get in touch with Attorney Joseph H. Low IV, who is highly reputable in the southern California area. Call his office toll-free at (888) 454-5569.
Pedestrian Right of Way Laws in Long Beach
Since pedestrians are much more vulnerable to injury than motorists, the state for the most part places the burden of responsibility on drivers through established right of way laws, which include the following:
- Drivers must yield to pedestrians at intersections, whether they are crossing in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Drivers should also stop when other vehicles are waiting at a crosswalk; they may be letting pedestrians cross.
- Drivers should never be on sidewalks, which are generally reserved for pedestrian use only.
- Motorists must yield to pedestrians and other vehicles when pulling out of driveways or exiting parking lots.
- Motorists must yield to older and/or disabled pedestrians, even if they have the signal.
- Motorists must always look out for pedestrians and yield to them, even if they are outside a crosswalk.
Pedestrians restrict their movements to crosswalks, sidewalks, and other safe areas in order to stay safe. They should also wear bright clothing when it gets dark, remain in areas with adequate lighting, and make eye contact with motorists before crossing a roadway. Walking while distracted or impaired is dangerous and strongly advised against.
Establishing Liability in a Pedestrian Accident Injury Case
In order to prove liability in your claim as a pedestrian accident victim, you must provide ample evidence of the other party's fault in the incident. Collect all materials and aspects of your accident, including a police and medical report, photos of the accident site and relevant damages, witness statements, expert testimony, etc. A qualified Long Beach pedestrian injury lawyer should be able to help you with this process and ensure you have a claim that can hold up in court.
Dedicated Legal Representation from our Long Beach Pedestrian Injury Lawyers
Contact The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV and one of our knowledgeable Long Beach car accident attorneys will provide you with a free, comprehensive consultation. Learn more about your rights and legal options and call us at (888) 454-5569 today.