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  • "A very special thanks. I don't know what I would have done without you. You were always there when I needed you. You helped to make the worst experience of my life so much easier to live with.

    - Nancy F.
  • “Richard Spencer was there for us from the day after my accident, representing me and my wife, and there throughout the whole lawsuit until it was settled.

    - Felix D.
  • A little over year ago I found myself in need of legal counsel. It's stressful enough when you are in an accident that stops your life as you know it.

    - Marie K.
  • My son and I were involved in a major car accident and my son was seriously injured. I met Richard and he got my son the maximum we could get.

    - Eran F.
  • I've used Mr. Spencer's services a couple of times now and could not be happier with the level of service, his professionalism, and the manner.

    - Gabriel S.
  • Richard is my GO TO ATTORNEY, I know he will take care of my legalities and I trust Richard in every aspect of handling my law case.

    - Sandra B.

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents happen for many reasons

There are many causes of pedestrian-vehicle accidents, which makes it difficult to protect yourself at all times. Even so, understanding the most common causes goes a long way in keeping you out of harm's way.

Drivers don't always take extra caution when operating a vehicle in close proximity to pedestrians. This alone increases the risk of an accident. Some of the factors often contributing to driver negligence include:

  • Speeding and other forms of reckless driving, (such as illegal passing)
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Neglecting to following traffic signals and signs
  • Disregarding weather conditions, such as rain
  • Disregarding traffic conditions, such as construction zones

As a pedestrian, you don't have control over drivers. You can watch them closely, but even then, there's only so much you can do to maintain your safety.

Here are some things you never want to do as a pedestrian:

  • Don't cross the road when you feel like it; use designated crosswalks
  • Don't dart into traffic
  • Don't disrupt the flow of traffic
  • Don't cross the street before looking both ways (twice)

If you do any of these things, you greatly increase the risk of being struck by a motor vehicle.

What to do after a pedestrian-vehicle accident

Preparing for the worst is a good idea, as it ensures that you know exactly what to do if you're hit by a motor vehicle. Take these steps:

  • Immediately call 911 for help (or have a witness do so for you)
  • Administer first aid to any injuries, if possible
  • Receive medical treatment as quickly as possible
  • Follow the advice of your medical team
  • Learn more about the accident, such as by reading the police report
  • Contact your insurance company to better understand if you have any coverage for this type of accident

Your health is more important than anything else, but you'll want to take steps to protect your legal rights. This starts with reading the police report and digging around to learn more about the cause of the accident.

With knowledge of what went wrong and a focus on your legal rights as a pedestrian, you can take steps to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions.

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22801 Ventura Blvd
Suite 112
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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