If you live in or have visited Southern California you’re probably familiar with the San Fernando Valley. The Valley, as it is often called, covers 260 square mile areas in Los Angeles County and is home to more than 1.8 Million Californians. Much of the Valley is comprised of the city of Los Angeles, while other cities within the Valley’s limits include Burbank, Encino, Glendale, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Universal City, Valley Glen, West Hills, and Woodland Hills.
In addition to the nearly 2 million people who call The Valley home, millions more travel to the area each year to visit tourist attractions, enjoy the culture, and work at one of several well-known entertainment companies. Popular attractions in the San Fernando Valley include the CBS Studio Center, NBC Universal, Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros., Great Wall of Los Angeles mural, Museum of Neon Art (MONA), The Nethercutt Collection, The Alex Theatre, The Starlight Bowl, Universal Studios Hollywood, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and other California State Parks. As the Valley becomes more densely populated the risk for being injured in an accident soars.
San Fernando Valley Personal Injury Lawyers at Citywide Law Group
If you have been injured in a San Fernando Valley accident you should not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The steps you take following an accident will significantly affect your right and ability to collect compensation from a responsible party. Citywide Law Group has spent the better part of the last decade helping injured clients like you recover millions in damages through personal injury lawsuits.
Our attorneys have first-hand experience dealing with the effects of personal injury cases and, as a result, can truly empathize with injured clients. We understand the stress and frustration that can accompany an unexpected injury and fight tirelessly to recover the compensation our clients need and deserve to move on after an accident. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how you may be able to recover compensation by a filing a personal injury claim for damages.
Pedestrians At Greater Risk of Injury in the San Fernando Valley
It is a dangerous time to be a pedestrian time in the San Fernando Valley. While the rate of pedestrian-related traffic accidents has been steadily decreasing in most California cities, the Valley has seen a 25% increase over the past 5 years. Each year, the Valley averages 28 fatal pedestrian traffic accidents and 81 injury-causing pedestrian traffic accidents. If the past two years are any indication, the Valley’s roadways do not appear to be getting safer for pedestrians. In 2016, 33 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the Valley. In the first two months of 2017, a reported 11 pedestrians were killed in San Fernando Valley traffic accidents.
Why are pedestrians at a greater risk of injury in the San Fernando Valley? Specific intersections – dubbed “high-injury networks” – seem to be more likely to be the scene of a fatal accident. Data collected between 2009 and 2013 indicates that 65% of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred on just 6% of the Valley’s streets. Van Nuns Boulevard, Laurel Canyon, and San Fernando Road have all been identified as high-risk areas for pedestrians.
Speeding, distracted driving, and distracted walking have all been attributed to the spike in pedestrian-related accidents in the San Fernando Valley. Drivers and pedestrians alike are responsible for obeying traffic laws and exercising a reasonable level of care when using the Valley’s roads and crosswalks. It is important to follow streetlights and signals and to refrain from using electronic devices while operating a vehicle or crossing the road. Speeding, it turns out, may be the single biggest factor in the occurrence and severity of a pedestrian-related accident in the Valley. Studies show that if a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle traveling 20 MPH they have a 90% chance of surviving the accident. A pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle traveling 40 MPH, however, only has a 20% chance of surviving the accident.
Why Should You Hire a Personal Injury Attorney After An Accident?
Personal injury claims may seem straightforward (especially if you speak with an insurance company representative), but they can actually be incredibly complicated. If you are injured in a San Fernando Valley accident and want to maximize your recovery you should highly consider hiring an experienced and qualified attorney to handle your case. There are two primary reasons for this.
First, California has very specific rules and regulations surrounding insurance claims. This can make recovering compensation very difficult if you decide to move forward without an attorney. Second, insurance companies will try to take advantage of your lack of legal experience and knowledge if you proceed without an attorney. These companies do not profit if they pay out on each and every claim that is submitted by accident victims. We have found that insurance companies routinely undervalue claims. They hope that victims like yourself will be desperate to agree to any settlement offer and take much less than you are truly entitled to.
At Citywide Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have a history of successfully navigating these detailed claims and maximizing compensation for our clients. We have successfully represented clients injured in car accidents, truck accident, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bite accidents, wrongful death cases, and other accidents caused by negligence. Contact our San Fernando Valley office today for a free, no-commitment consultation.
What Damages Can I Recover After a San Fernando Valley Accident?
Accidents can obviously cause significant emotional and physical damage. These same accidents can also impose significant financial burdens on injured victims. In 2013, the average cost of a bodily injury claim following a traffic accident in the United States was more than $15,000. The average American, however, reportedly does not have enough in savings to pay for a $500 emergency. If you are an average American, chances are high that a personal injury claim for damages is your best bet for covering the costs associated with your injury.
What kind of compensation can you recover through a personal injury claim? In California, injured accident victims are permitted to ask for compensatory and/or non-compensatory damages from responsible parties. Compensatory damages are awarded to help offset verifiable, out-of-pocket costs (and losses) caused by an accident. Common compensatory damages include hospital bills, surgery, rehabilitation, prescriptions, follow-up medical evaluations, and nursing care. If you are forced to miss time at work you may also ask to be compensated for lost wages (past, present, and/or future) or a diminished earning capacity.
Non-compensatory damages are awarded to help offset more subjective and harder to value costs caused by an accident. Common non-compensatory damages include pain and suffering, embarrassment, mental anguish, loss of companionship, or loss of consortium. Not sure what type(s) of damages you may be entitled to recover? An experienced San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney at Citywide Law Group can review your case and explain your options.
Speak to an Experienced San Fernando Valley Personal Injury Attorney
When we founded Citywide Law Group in 2010, we wanted to ensure that injured accident victims had access to the resources and advocates necessary to successfully recover compensation from responsible parties. We have spent the better part of the last decade fighting tirelessly for our clients, successfully recovering millions on their behalfs.
In order to encourage accident victims to seek legal representation, we also provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid until we are successful in recovering compensation on your behalf. If you have been injured in a San Fernando Valley accident you should not have to worry about figuring out which bills to pay, and when. Let our attorneys do the work while you recover. When you win, we get paid.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a San Fernando Valley accident do not hesitate to contact the experienced attorneys at Citywide Law Group. The first consultation is free and is a great way to learn about our attorneys and why a personal injury claim for damages may be right for you. During the free consultation we will review your case, determine potentially liable parties, and explain what we believe to be the best course of action. Do not hesitate to contact our office today. California generally only allows accident victims to seek compensation for two years after an injury-causing accident, so it is important to get started sooner rather than later.