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If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident caused by a careless motorist, it is essential that you immediately seek legal help. The at-fault driver must be held accountable for your injuries. You should not be left with overwhelming medical bills and other financial burdens. The skilled pedestrian accident attorneys of Custodio & Dubey LLP can help you hold the at-fault driver accountable. We will demand full compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses.

For more than 40 years, the attorneys of Custodio & Dubey LLP have been fighting for the rights of injured accident victims in Los Angeles. We have a proven track record of successful results, securing millions of dollars in compensation for our deserving clients. Our mission is to help make your recovery process as easy as possible.

Contact us today for a free case evaluation with a Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions. And when you choose us, you owe no legal fees unless and until we secure compensation for you.

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

Getting hit by a vehicle is a horrible experience and can leave you in a state of shock. You may feel powerless, but there are some steps you can take to help protect your legal rights:

  • Call 911 or contact local law enforcement. The officer who arrives at the scene will prepare an accident report. This report can serve as critical evidence in your pedestrian accident claim. The police officer will provide you with an accident report number that will allow you to obtain a copy of the report once it is ready.
  • Get the name, vehicle registration information, and insurance information from any motorist involved in your accident. But do not discuss the accident with anyone.
  • Collect contact information from any eyewitnesses to your accident. Your attorney may later need to take a statement from them. Eyewitness accounts can help your claim greatly.
  • Document the accident scene. Take photos and video of the damage to the vehicle that hit you. Also photograph the traffic controls at the scene, the lighting, weather, traffic and road conditions, and any of your visible injuries.
  • Seek medical treatment immediately. Whether you see your primary physician or go to the emergency room, get treated as soon as possible. This will ensure your injuries are properly diagnosed and documented.
  • Finally, schedule a free consultation with a Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney at Custodio & Dubey LLP. An attorney can explain your legal rights and answer all your questions.

How Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Help

After a serious accident, the last thing you should be worried about is a stressful legal fight. At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we handle every part of your claim for compensation from start to finish. We do all the legal legwork so you can focus on what’s important ─ your recovery.

An attorney from Custodio & Dubey LLP can help by:

  • Thoroughly investigating your pedestrian accident. Your attorney can obtain and review police accident reports, accident scene photos, eyewitness statements, and your medical records. You attorney may also track down surveillance footage from the scene.
  • Making sure you have the best medical care possible.
  • Collaborating with accident reconstruction experts. These experts can help us build an effective, persuasive case to show how your accident occurred and who was at fault.
  • Working with medical, vocational, and financial experts. These experts will determine the extent of your past, ongoing, and future damages. This ensures we are demanding the full and fair compensation you deserve.
  • Aggressively negotiating with the insurance companies for justice, and fair and full compensation.
  • Filing a pedestrian accident lawsuit and fighting for you in court, if necessary.

Damages Owed to You for a L.A. Pedestrian Injury

When you trust your case to a Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney, you will be able to focus on your recovery rather than fighting with an insurance company. Your attorney will focus on your claim and handle all the details, negotiating for full and fair compensation.

Common damages in pedestrian injury claims include:

  • Medical expenses, including hospital bills and surgeries
  • Pain medications and mobility or other medical equipment
  • Physical therapy and mental health treatment
  • Lost income for the time missed from work during your recovery
  • Lost earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from returning to your job or career
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Mental and emotional distress
  • Permanent disability
  • Scarring/disfigurement

Contact Custodio & Dubey LLP today to learn more about the types of damages you may be owed after your pedestrian accident.

Time Limits for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Claim

California law limits the time you have to file your case against the responsible party or parties in a pedestrian accident claim. Under California’s statute of limitations, you typically have two years from the date of your pedestrian accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. In certain limited circumstances, the start of this two-year period may be paused, or “tolled.” An example of this includes a pedestrian accident involving a hit-and-run driver who cannot be immediately identified.

If your pedestrian accident involves a state or local government vehicle or a state or local government employee driving for work purposes, you must provide the appropriate government entity with notice of your claim within six months of your accident. Before you can file a lawsuit, you must wait until the government rejects your claim or 45 days have passed. Your lawsuit must still be filed within the two-year statute of limitations.

If you fail to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, the court can permanently dismiss your case. When that happens, you lose your right to seek compensation in court.

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Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents tend to cause more serious injuries than other kinds of motor vehicle accidents. Even with modern pedestrian-friendly vehicle designs, a low-speed pedestrian accident can still inflict significant harm.

Common injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents include:

  • Road rash, or skin abrasions caused by sliding or rolling along the pavement or ground;
  • Broken bones;
  • Sprained or torn ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other soft-tissue injuries;
  • Neck and back injuries, including herniated or ruptured spinal discs;
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis;
  • Head injuries, including eye trauma;
  • Traumatic brain injury;
  • Internal organ injuries, including perforated organs or internal bleeding; and
  • Amputations.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Common negligent and reckless acts that lead to pedestrian accidents include:

  • Speeding, which can make it difficult for a vehicle to stop in time for a pedestrian crossing the road
  • Failure to stop at stop signs, yield signs, and red lights
  • Distracted driving, including texting and driving
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Unsafe turns, including failing to signal or failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk or intersection
  • Failure to observe surroundings, such as when backing down a driveway or into a parking space

Other factors that can contribute to pedestrian accidents include adverse weather and poor lighting at night or at dusk and dawn.

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Talk to a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles Now

If you have been hit by a motor vehicle while walking as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation for your injuries and damages. Let the Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers at Custodio & Dubey LLP help you demand the full compensation you need to recover. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable L.A. pedestrian accident attorneys.