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 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.
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.