California has strict crosswalk safety laws in place designed to protect pedestrians, the most vulnerable population on California roads. Even with these high standards in place, there are a staggering number of pedestrian accidents each year, with 18% of pedestrian accidents occurring in crosswalks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 75,000 pedestrians are involved in vehicle accidents each year, with approximately 7,000 fatalities. That is one pedestrian injured approximately every seven minutes and one pedestrian killed every 75 minutes in a crosswalk accident.
If you or a loved one were involved in a crosswalk accident in California, you deserve to hold the negligent motorist accountable for their wrongdoings. Trust the experienced personal injury team at MI ABOGADO ®. We will fight aggressively to hold any and all negligent parties accountable and will do everything in our power to maximize your rightful settlement. You deserve to see justice for your crosswalk accident.
Based in Los Angeles but proudly serving clients from San Diego to San Jose, MI ABOGADO ® has effectively advocated for over a quarter of a million clients like you. With a stellar 96% success rate, have recovered millions for our clients like you. Plus, we take crosswalk accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t take any upfront fees. We don’t get paid until you see justice for your losses. We are prepared to start fighting for you today.
Common Causes of California Crosswalk Accidents
There are countless ways in which a driver’s negligence can result in a crosswalk accident. Some of the more common causes include:
- A driver’s failure to yield to pedestrians
- Not watching when making a turn against traffic
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while fatigued
- Poor visibility, especially at night
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Reversing without looking
- Inching too close to a crosswalk
- Speeding, which limits a driver’s ability to stop short and mitigate the damage, increasing the pedestrian’s risk of serious injury
- Poor weather conditions
- Poor road maintenance including inadequate lighting, broken traffic signals, missing signs, and debris on the road
- Vehicular malfunctions
Most crosswalk accidents are the result of driver error or misconduct, but some can be attributed to another party’s negligence. In cases where a malfunctioning vehicle contributed to the accident, you may be able to collect from the manufacturer of the vehicle. Similarly, if poor road maintenance played a role, you may be able to sue the town or city responsible for the roadways for improper road maintenance.
Sometimes, a pedestrian’s own conduct contributes to a crosswalk accident. However, even if you were partially to blame for the accident, California will allow you to recover. California law uses a comparative fault standard, assigning a percentage to each party’s fault. This means you can still collect for any part of the accident that wasn’t attributed to your percentage of the fault.
While this system may seem complex, it’s pretty simple once it is put into practice. For example, if your damages are valued at $100,000, and you were 10% at fault and the negligent motorist was 90% at fault, you can collect up to $90,000, or 90% of the total damages. Just because you weren’t necessarily abiding by the letter of California’s crosswalk traffic laws doesn’t mean you can’t see justice for what you have lost.
The statute of limitations in crosswalk accident cases is generally two years from the date of the accident or the date you became aware of the injury.
California Crosswalk Accidents Can Result in Serious Injuries
Crosswalk accidents can result in incredibly serious injuries. Pedestrians are essentially defenseless against other vehicles. These injuries can result in lifelong health challenges, even fatalities.
Common injuries resulting from crosswalk accidents include:
- Lacerations, scrapes, and cuts
- Broken bones, especially hip and pelvic fractures
- Internal injuries and internal organ injuries, including organ loss
- Internal hemorrhaging
- Crush injuries
- Loss of sight or hearing
- Tissue damage, including damage to tendons and ligaments
- Back and spinal cord injuries, sometimes resulting in paralysis
- Head injuries, including skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries
- Permanent disabilities
- Emotional traumas such as anxiety conditions and PTSD
- Wrongful death
Damages MI ABOGADO ® Will Help You Fight For
Depending on the unique circumstances of your case, you can collect a wide variety of damages. Some damages we’ve secured for crosswalk accident victims in the past include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- In-home care expenses
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Scarring and permanent disfigurement
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Psychological counseling
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death damages
How MI ABOGADO ® Can Help You See Justice
The skilled and experienced personal injury law team at MI ABOGADO ® takes a different approach to serving clients. Founding and lead Attorney Javaheri started out at a big law firm and was horrified by the way he witnessed the practice treating their clients. Clients, who were putting their faith and future in the hands of these lawyers, had no access to their attorneys and little understanding of what was going on with their case. Their calls were routed to case managers, who are customer service professionals rather than legal professionals, and the substantive casework was left to inexperienced associates and paralegals, with the big-name attorney swooping in to sign their name on the case at the very end.
That’s why Attorney Javaheri founded MI ABOGADO ®, where we limit the number of active cases we take so we can offer effective, responsive, and timely representation to every client who trusts MI ABOGADO ® with their case. We know that bigger isn’t always better. Better service is better.
Our team believes that, after a devastating crosswalk accident, nothing matters more than your recovery. That’s why our first step is to put our expansive network of trusted medical professionals across California to work for you. Once we know your care is in the most capable hands, we will make it our mission to maximize your rightful settlement so you can focus on what really matters: your recovery, your family, and your future.
From there, we will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding your crosswalk accident. We’ll collect evidence and get statements from witnesses to determine which parties need to be held accountable for their negligence. Then we will build the strongest possible case, tailored to your unique situation. From there, negotiations begin. We’ll take on any party, from a driver to a massive insurance company, fighting tirelessly so you can see the justice and the settlement that you deserve.
Contact Our Experienced Los Angeles Crosswalk Accident Lawyer Today
MI ABOGADO ® takes all crosswalk accident cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we don’t get paid until you see your rightful settlement. It’s as simple as that.
We’re ready to start fighting for you today. We offer free and confidential consultations and second opinions. The sooner you reach out, the sooner you can see the settlement you deserve.