On October 6, the City of Carson hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of the 189th Street Pedestrian Bridge. Several elected officials, including Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes, were in attendance to mark the occasion.
Using funds from a few different sources, including the city’s Utility User’s Tax, the bridge was upgraded with a number of safety improvements. Catering to pedestrians and cyclists, it now provides easy access to Towne Avenue Elementary School and Victoria Community Regional Park.
At the ceremony, Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes said she was pleased to open the bridge, and it was “symbolic of Carson’s goal to continuously find ways to create a safe and sustainable alternative transportation.”
Indeed, when pedestrians and cyclists travel alongside moving traffic, they’re incredibly vulnerable. At the end of the day, they cannot count on passing motorists to watch out for them, no matter how safety-conscious they might be themselves. What’s more, in the event of a crash, devastating injuries are likely because both pedestrians and cyclists have little protection from forceful impacts.
Fortunately, those who end up getting hurt through no fault of their own usually have grounds for legal action. As long as they were following the rules of the road at the time of the accident—by using a designated crosswalk, for example, or abiding by established right-of-way laws—they can file a personal injury claim against the driver who struck them.
If you were hurt by a drunk, drowsy, or distracted driver and this is the route you’re thinking about taking, you’re probably wondering how to proceed. Generally speaking, the easiest—and most strategic—way to get started is by consulting an attorney.
A resourceful lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation into the accident to identify all liable parties. Along the way, they’ll attempt to gather compelling evidence of fault, so you can put together a strong claim. Your legal team will also handle all correspondence with the opposing party, track economic damages, estimate a reasonable figure for any non-economic damages, and help you negotiate for a fair settlement.
If the insurance adjuster challenges your credibility, disputes liability, or refuses to acknowledge the extent of the damages, your attorney can also help you file a formal lawsuit. While most personal injury action are settled, a small percentage of them do go all the way to court, where a judge or jury decides the outcome of the action.
Speak with a Long Beach Pedestrian Accident Attorney
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If you were struck by a reckless driver while traveling somewhere on foot, you should hold them accountable, and the Law Office of Michael D. Waks can help. We’re determined to advocate for those who have been wronged by others, and we’re available 24/7 to take your call so we can get your claim underway as soon as possible. To schedule a free initial consultation with a pedestrian accident lawyer in Long Beach, call (562) 206-1939 or fill out the Contact Form on our website.
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