Standing Up For Injured Pedestrians And Bicyclists

For many residents throughout the southern California area, walking and biking are more than just a way to get exercise; they provide a primary means of transportation. Whether walking to the bus stop or biking to the corner store, pedestrians and bicyclists who cross and share the road with motor vehicles must always be attentive and on the watch for distracted, aggressive and speeding drivers.

When a pedestrian or bicyclist is hit by a car or truck, the resulting injuries are almost always serious and frequently deadly. If you or a loved one was hit by a car while walking or biking, the Law Offices of Harout Balian will fight to recover compensation for the personal and financial losses you've suffered.

When Walking Becomes Hazardous

From walking across the street in a crosswalk to walking across a parking lot to a parked car, pedestrians must always be aware of their surroundings and of the whereabouts of motor vehicles. This is true even in cases where a pedestrian has the right of way and a driver is supposed to stop at a red light or stop sign, since a driver who is distracted, drunk or speeding is not likely to abide by traffic rules.

Like all motor vehicle accidents, proving fault is a critical component for injured pedestrians who plan to take legal action.

  • Was the driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
  • Did you have the right of way?
  • Was the driver speeding?
  • Did the driver signal before turning?
  • Did the driver fail to stop at a stop sign or traffic light?

Why Biking Can Be So Dangerous

Bicyclists must share the road with motor vehicles and abide by all of the same traffic rules. Unfortunately, some motorists fail to provide bicyclists with the respect and space they need to safely maneuver through traffic. Bicyclists are especially vulnerable when making right or left turns and when stopping at traffic lights or stop signs. Even while traveling in the bike lane, bicyclists can suffer devastating injuries including broken bones and head trauma when drivers of parked vehicles open car doors directly in their path.

Often, bicyclists who are involved in traffic accidents fall off or are thrown violently from their bikes and suffer injuries including:

  • Traumatic brain and other head injuries
  • Neck and spinal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Facial and body lacerations

If you or a family member was injured while walking or riding a bicycle, call an attorney at our Glendale office today for a free consultation at 888-346-7088 or reach out to us online. Se habla español.