Pedestrian Accidents

Our team is also aware of our state’s various statutes and can file your claim in a timely manner to ensure you don’t miss your opportunity to achieve justice.

Torrance Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

30+ Years of Dedication in the South Bay

At AgnewBrusavich, our lawyers have extensive backgrounds in handling personal injury and wrongful death claims that arise from a variety of accidents, including pedestrian accidents. Despite the various pedestrian laws California has in place for our protection, our state’s pedestrian fatality rate is almost 25 percent higher than the national average – almost 7,500 pedestrians have died in California between 2009 and 2018. Pedestrians can be injured anywhere, from public crosswalks to grocery store parking lots. If you’ve been injured or a loved one has been killed by a negligent driver or other party, our Torrance pedestrian accident lawyers have the experience and dedication needed to secure maximum compensation for your family through taking legal action. Our clients can rely on us to handle every aspect of their case from start to finish.

What Are My Pedestrian Rights in California?

Though it’s possible for pedestrians to be injured by negligent bicyclists and other pedestrians, most personal injury or wrongful death claims that are filed after pedestrian accidents involve motor vehicles and are caused by drivers. It’s important, then, for pedestrians to understand their rights under California law. If you believe your rights have been violated and the driver who caused your injuries was negligent or reckless, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation.

Some common pedestrian laws in California include:

  • Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians in any marked crosswalk
  • Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians in any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection
  • Drivers approaching pedestrians must use due care and reduce the speed of their vehicles

Any motorist who breaks these laws can be fined $238 and have one point assessed to their DMB driving record, which is reported to their insurance company. This often results in an increase in the driver’s insurance rates. If California drivers accumulate a certain number of points, they can be declared a “negligent operator” by the DMV and have their driving privileges suspended or revoked.

Examples of Driver Negligence

Hundreds of pedestrians are injured or killed every year because of driver errors, meaning that accidents are preventable and injured pedestrians may have a right to be compensated for their injuries and other losses.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some of the main causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Failure to yield: All California drivers are expected to allow pedestrians to cross the road at intersections and in crosswalks. Unfortunately, many accidents occur when drivers fail to yield or slow down and proceed through the intersection, striking anyone who may be crossing the street.
  • Drunk driving: Driving while intoxicated (DWI), whether under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is illegal and contributes to thousands of car accidents every year in the United States. A person who operates a vehicle while intoxicated has their motor functions and judgment impaired and may be less likely to notice a pedestrian on the side of the street or crossing the road in front of them.
  • Distracted driving: Drivers who divert attention away from their road are distracted, which is a form of driver negligence. Examples of distracted driving include texting, making phone calls, using GPS services, eating or drinking, and talking to others in the car. Even taking a few seconds to change the radio station is enough time for a pedestrian to begin crossing the street without the driver noticing.

In addition to driver errors, there are a number of other factors that can contribute to pedestrian accidents. Poor visibility is a major factor, as it’s easy for pedestrians to be obscured in the line of driver vision under certain circumstances. Poor weather conditions like rain or snow, for example, make it challenging for drivers to see much in front of them. Additionally, pedestrians who wear dark clothing at night can easily go unnoticed by drivers.

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Thousands of Helped & Millions of Dollars Recovered
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    “The entire AgnewBrusavich team took over everything and were a tremendous help. The insurance company was dealt with, the settlement was received, and I was very pleased with the results. I would not hesitate to recommend AgnewBrusavich to anyone.”

    - David H.
  • Excellence, Integrity, Persistence, and Skill

    “The team at Agnew Brusavich cannot come more highly recommended. If you should have some sort of personal injury case, particularly if you are a cyclist, I cannot think of a better team to handle a personal injury case.”

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    “Gerry and the rest of the AgnewBrusavich staff certainly delivered on their promises. I would not hesitate to recommend Gerry Agnew to anyone—he and his firm know exactly what they are doing, and take the time to do the very best job they can for the”

    - Geoffrey L. (Member of Big Orange Cycling Club)
  • Accommodating & Willing to Answer All Questions

    “Agnew and Brusavich helped me so much after an injury from a car accident. I was shaken up from the experience but they made me feel so comfortable and truly showed they cared about my case.”

    - N.B.
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    “I was referred to Agnew Brusavich, and after meeting with Gerry I felt much better. He and his team handled all the communication between the insurance companies and opposing attorneys and kept me up-to-date throughout the process.”

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Though it may seem obvious to you as a pedestrian that your rights have been violated and negligence caused your injuries, pedestrian accident cases can be complex to navigate. Pedestrian laws don’t give pedestrians the right of way in every situation, meaning that a driver could allege that you were jaywalking, which is unlawful, at the time of the accident and evade liability. In order to have a solid case, you need important evidence like crash reports, witness statements, and photos of the accident scene and damage. Our lawyers are well-versed in accident investigations and know what we need to search for to prepare your case.

Additionally, accident victims have two years from the date of their injuries to file a claim successfully in California. With our help, you can cover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and more.

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