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Child Pedestrian Accidents

A car accident involving a pedestrian occurs every two hours in the United States. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to suffer a fatal accident than a driver of another vehicle. Children sadly account for the greatest number of these fatal accidents. These accidents clearly result in substantial physical injuries, medical bills, and lost income. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.

There are greater number of pedestrian accidents in large cities such as Los Angeles. In large cities, there are a large number of students enrolled in the public school system. As such, children cross streets when they play and travel to and from school. These activities increase the risk of a dangerous collision with an automobile. Pedestrian accidents typically occur on sidewalks, in intersections, and in crosswalks. There are many causes for these accidents. Some of the most common causes include the driver talking or texting while driving; running a red light or stop sign; speeding; drunk driving; and general fatigue. Pedestrian accidents often result in significant injuries, including bone fractures, paralysis, spinal cord injury, concussions, traumatic brain injury, nerve damage, and facial and body cuts and scars.

Child pedestrian accidents are governed by the laws of negligence. The law requires car drivers to yield to pedestrians. In other words, pedestrians have the right-of-way in most situations. However, the law requires a greater duty of care for drivers interacting with children. These drivers must exercise more caution when dealing with children than when dealing with adults. As such, these drivers must anticipate the ordinary behavior of children so as to prevent harm to them. Potential at-fault persons include the driver, registered owner, and the business employing the driver at the time of the accident. Your personal injury attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to identify all at-fault persons.

Child pedestrian accidents tragically result in significant injuries. These injuries can potentially be life-altering and have a significant emotional and mental impact on the injured child. As such, the injured child may need lengthy medical treatment along with mental health treatment for trauma from the accident. California however does afford these injured victims compensation for victims’ injuries and damages. If the pedestrian accident sadly caused a loved one’s death, surviving heirs of the deceased may file a wrongful death case to recover money for burial expenses and loss of companionship. 

Statute of Limitations

Cases involving child pedestrian accidents must be filed within two years of when the injured child turns eighteen (18). If the plaintiff fails to file their lawsuit within such period of time, his or her case will be dismissed by the Court. As such, you should immediately contact a personal injury attorney after your injury occurs.

Contact Us Today

Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian accident. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to pedestrian accidents throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online.