Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Seeking Justice and Compensation For Injured Pedestrian
Pedestrian accidents can occur in any public space frequented by motor vehicles, such as a parking lot or crosswalk, but are especially prominent in large urban areas with heavy traffic congestion. A pedestrian accident can result in the victim sustaining severe trauma and long-term injuries that take a significant amount of time to heal correctly. Sadly, some of these accidents can be fatal despite being completely avoidable.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a vehicle while walking or running, you may be entitled to file a pedestrian accident claim and recover damages for any medical expenses or lost income you have suffered. Contact Go Big Injury Law and ask to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
Pedestrian accidents can occur anywhere, but urban city areas have more frequently reported pedestrian accident cases due to a higher volume of foot traffic. It’s not surprising that a significant number of pedestrian accidents occur at night when it is more difficult to see pedestrians crossing roadways.
Commonly cited reasons given for pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driver
- Hit-and-run accident
- Failure to yield right of way
- Stepping off a curb or sidewalk in front of a bicyclist
- A child running out into traffic
- Failure to use a pedestrian crossing
Of all the above-listed causes, distracted driving related to cell phone use is the leading cause of pedestrian-related accidents. It can be challenging to prove driver negligence in distracted driving cases. Our team will review your case and craft an effective legal strategy to get you and your loved ones the financial compensation you deserve.
Will the Other Driver’s Insurance Company Offer Me a Fair Settlement?
Pedestrian accidents can cause severe injuries that require intensive and expensive long-term medical care. Insurance companies will often call the injury victim almost immediately after an accident to offer them a quick settlement. Insurers know that injury victims are concerned with how they will support themselves and their families and may be eager to accept a settlement offer.
A good rule to remember is that you should consult with your attorney before speaking to the other party’s insurance provider. Additionally, you should never make an agreement without allowing your lawyer to review it beforehand. The initial offer from the insurance company typically falls far below what your claim is actually worth.
If your injuries require long-term care, things can quickly become overly expensive and saddle your family with exorbitant debt. If you are a pedestrian injured in a collision, you need to immediately seek medical attention, then consult an experienced attorney who can explain your rights and act as your legal advocate with the insurance company.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
If you have sustained severe injuries in a pedestrian accident case due to driver negligence, you may be entitled to recover economic and non-economic damages. However, an individual is only allowed to recover damages if the defendant owed them a duty of care, they breached that duty of care, and as a result, the plaintiff suffered damages.
Economic damages are awarded to reimburse the accident victim for the expenses they have had to pay due to being injured. They may include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage (if applicable)
If you have suffered catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage, you may require extended or long-term care. Physical therapy and rehabilitation services can become quite costly in a short amount of time. For this reason, your personal injury lawyer will thoroughly review your case and medical records to determine the amount of financial recovery necessary to cover your future costs.
Non-economic damages are awarded to try and compensate the injury victim for the intangible losses they have experienced and are based on the unique facts of the case. Some more common examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Permanent disfigurement and scarring
If you have been struck by an automobile while walking, you may experience symptoms related to PTSD. Please contact Go Big Injury Law to see how we can assist you with receiving justice and potential financial compensation.
What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
If you are an injured pedestrian, one of the best steps you can take to protect yourself and your future is to hire an experienced lawyer to help you file an insurance claim. Our law firm has comprehensive experience handling all aspects of pedestrian accident claims.
Even if you are the victim of a hit-and-run driver, we may still be able to file a claim with your insurance to help you recover money to pay expenses. However, without being able to prove liability against the other driver, it can be an overwhelming task without proper legal guidance. You must consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to get your claim started.
One of the most important reasons to hire a pedestrian accident lawyer is that they can act as your legal advocate with the insurance company. Many accident victims are unaware that most personal injury cases are negotiated and settled out of court. Without the assistance of an attorney, the insurance provider is prone to differing significantly less money than your claim may be worth.