Motor vehicle drivers do not own the roads. Bicyclists and pedestrians have road rights outside of crosswalks and bike lanes. Drivers are obligated to watch for them on the roads at all times. In no circumstance is a driver justified to intimidate a bicyclist or pedestrian, encroach on his or her road space or fail to yield.

If you were hit or run off the road by a driver, you should seek professional legal counsel immediately after receiving appropriate medical care.

Who is liable when you are injured in a Pedestrian Accident?

Most pedestrian cases involve a vehicle colliding with a pedestrian, but a pedestrian may be injured in any number of ways, whether on a sidewalk, a road, or just off a road. While the operator of the vehicle can certainly be liable, other potential defendants in a pedestrian accident case can include:

  • The employer of the operator of the vehicle, if the accident occurred while on the job
  • The owner of the vehicle (if different from the operator)
  • A bicyclist or other pedestrian or runner who negligently collided with the victim
  • The owner of the property where the accident occurred, for example a retailer who operated the parking lot where the pedestrian was, or an apartment management company that failed to maintain its sidewalks
  • The city, county or other public entity that designed or maintained a sidewalk or crosswalk negligently
  • A construction contractor if the injury occurred from falling materials or other hazards associated with a construction site

We will work with you to identify the proper defendants in your pedestrian accident claim.

Helping Severely Injured Pedestrians with Complex Legal Claims

Head and brain injuries

Car accidents often cause pedestrians to hit their heads with extreme force. This can result in skull fractures, facial disfigurement, and serious traumatic brain injuries. Victims may fall unconscious or even enter a coma depending on the severity of the damage.

Internal bleeding

Not all injuries are visible from the outside. Collisions can cause damage to internal organs or ruptured blood vessels. Without proper blood flow, oxygen circulation may be dangerously reduced. Internal injuries often require emergency surgery and lengthy hospitalizations,

Spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries can disrupt neurological messages from the brain, causing loss of function in body parts below the damage. Victims will need emergency immobilization by medical professionals and will likely spend extended amounts of time in the hospital.


The LA Times conducted a massive study last year which broke down, by intersection, every single pedestrian accident and fatality in Los Angeles County. It examined 817 intersections over a 12-year period, and found that the most dangerous one was Slauson Ave. & Western Ave., which saw 40 pedestrians get hit by cars over that time span, two of which were killed.

Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., and MLK Jr. Blvd. & Crenshaw Blvd. were the next most dangerous, with 38 and 34 pedestrians being hit at each, respectively. While none of these intersections are downtown, that part of Los Angeles was still the most dangerous as a whole. It saw 659 pedestrians get hit during the 12-year span.

According to California’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) there were 2.2 pedestrians hurt or killed in crashes for every 100,000 daily vehicle miles traveled in Los Angeles County in 2013, which means that there were roughly 13 accidents involving pedestrians every single day. In 2013, Los Angeles had 76 pedestrians die in car accidents. The only city worse than that was New York; they had 132 pedestrians get killed because of being hit by a car.

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Yes. In most instances, we quickly arrange for a rental car for you so you can get on with your normal activities, and we make sure you get the car you need.  Do you have a case? 

Like any other profession, the quality of legal services varies tremendously from one lawyer to the next. Some lawyers are barely competent others are outstanding leaders of the legal community. These days, clients can use the internet to obtain information about a prospective lawyer. Internet searches can provide information on the attorney’s experience and trial results. I provide information about my actual results on this website so prospective clients can make the best decisions when hiring a lawyer and feel comfortable that the Garcia & Phan Law Firm has proven experience and results.

NO! Our office policy is straightforward and clear: We Don’t Get Paid Unless You Get Money from the Insurance Company! This means that if we don’t get you some monetary recovery, you will not owe us any fees. It’s as simple as that. No money upfront, and no hourly fees. This policy allows us to aggressively fight for the maximum recovery for you and your loved ones. No matter how long the case takes, we will be there fighting for your rights.

Yes. If you have lost earnings or have lost the ability to earn money in the future as a result of your accident, our office fight aggressively to get all of the money you have lost back for you.