Need a Lawyer Who Will Fight For You To Get The Most Money For Your Pedestrian Accident?
When we set out on foot in our neighborhoods or in a big city, most of us are careful to obey the safety rules we learned as children—using crosswalks and looking both ways before crossing the street. Some of us may have a false sense of security, assuming that we are safe because we are following the rules. However, pedestrian accidents are all too common, even when the pedestrian is doing what they can to stay safe.
Accidents involving a vehicle and a pedestrian can be some of the most horrific incidents you can see on the roads. As a pedestrian walking along a road, you have no protection against the force of impact from a car that outweighs you by a few thousand pounds. Without protection, you can suffer fatal injuries even if the car is going slowly when it strikes you.
In most of these cases, the accident is caused by the negligence of the driver and, often, their failure to notice the pedestrian. Let’s take a closer look at pedestrian-involved car accidents and what you can do if you are struck by a vehicle while walking.
Call My Rights Law’s Pedestrian Accident Lawyer If You Have Been Injured
Don’t just hire any law firm to resolve your matter if you have been involved in a pedestrian accident. The pedestrian accident lawyers at My Rights Law are all about helping clients obtain the best resolutions to their situations. With your consultation, we will thoroughly evaluate your situation and advise you on your legal options. Most injured pedestrians’ cases are handled by the firm on a contingency fee basis, which means that you are not charged attorney’s fees unless you prevail in your case. To request a free consultation with My Rights Law personal injury attorneys, call (888) 702-8882 or leave us a message on our contact form.
Pedestrian accidents have been increasing over the last several years. Nationwide, it is estimated that 6,590 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2019, up 300 from 2018, and that pedestrians accounted for 17% of all vehicle-related deaths. While some of the pedestrian fatalities could be attributed to unsafe actions of pedestrians, such as darting out in front of vehicles or not using designated crosswalks, the vast majority of pedestrian injuries and fatalities were caused by driver error.
Traffic safety experts have put forth many ideas as to why there has been an increase in pedestrian accidents and deaths over the last several years. Increases in pedestrian foot traffic and bicycle traffic, particularly in growing cities, have led to more opportunities for drivers to accidentally hit a pedestrian. Also, drivers have gotten more and more distracted over the years by cell phone use within vehicles, meaning they are more likely to take their eyes off of the road for several seconds at a time, which is enough time to overlook and hit someone crossing the street or riding a bicycle.
The increased size of vehicles on the roads in recent years is also partially to blame for the rise in fatalities. A growing number of people have been purchasing SUVs, and car manufacturers have increased the overall size of SUVs over the years. Vehicles essentially become deadlier weapons the larger they are, making it more likely that a pedestrian will be killed if struck. A large SUV can weigh well over a couple of tons. In the past ten years, pedestrian fatalities caused by SUVs have increased 81%. Pedestrian deaths due to regular-sized cars did not see as significant of an increase.
Increased unsafe driving, such as speeding and alcohol use, has also accounted for some of the upticks. Even though vehicles themselves have become safer with new safety features now built into many cars, people’s unsafe driving habits have increased. For example, in 2018, about half of the pedestrian deaths involved some kind of impairment from alcohol use, either by the pedestrian or the driver. Relatedly, nighttime pedestrian deaths increased by 67% from 2009 to 2018, whereas a similar increase was not seen in daytime pedestrian accidents. Daytime pedestrian fatalities only increased 16% during the same time period. Experts have suggested that the notable increase in nighttime accidents could be due to warmer weather, which may encourage more people to get out and socialize in the evenings, often to participate in activities involving the consumption of alcohol.
How Can I Avoid A Pedestrian Accident?
Knowing that there are so many pedestrian accidents each year probably concerns anyone who walks a lot or rides a bicycle. As a pedestrian or cyclist, there are things that you can do to protect yourself and to lessen the risk of being struck by a car or truck while walking or riding your bike.
Pay attention. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid any distractions, such as looking at your phone while crossing the road or wearing headphones.
Look both ways. As your parents taught you as a child, always look both ways before crossing the street. You would be amazed by the number of adults who still don’t do this when crossing busy roads. This is one common way in which pedestrians contribute to car accidents.
Be more visible. Make yourself more visible, especially if you’re walking at dusk or at night. Avoid wearing dark or black clothing, and instead, put on reflective or brightly colored clothing when walking or riding your bike. At night, use a flashlight when walking or a front and back bicycle light when cycling so that you can be seen from far away.
Use crosswalks. It is important to use designated crossing areas with visible crosswalk road markings – do not jay walk across the middle of the road when there is a crosswalk fifty feet away. Make sure that you are crossing the road where drivers expect, as they are more likely to be vigilant in checking for pedestrians.
What Are Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries?
An unprotected pedestrian taking the full impact of a two-ton SUV can obviously cause significant, traumatic, and life-threatening injuries. Even low-speed impact by a regular- or smaller-sized car can still cause significant and disabling injuries. As pedestrian accident lawyers, we have seen the full range of injuries suffered by our clients. Some of the more common are the following:
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), concussions, and closed head injuries
Injuries to the back, neck, or discs in the spine
Paralysis due to spinal cord injuries
Broken, fractured, and dislocated bones throughout the body
Shoulder injuries and rotator cuff tears
Organ damage and internal bleeding
Amputations of the limbs
Permanent disfigurement and scarring
Obviously, most of these types of injuries can require significant medical treatment, including hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and medication. Many people who are hit by a car or truck may be disabled from work and experience months, if not years, of wage loss and earning potential. This financial hit can be devastating for a family.
Finding The Right Legal Help After Suffering A Pedestrian Accident
As a pedestrian, if you are seriously injured in an accident due to the negligence or carelessness of a driver, you will probably wonder about your legal options, including what it takes to get compensated by them. During one of the most traumatic times of your life, you may also have to worry about who will pay for the medical bills you’re incurring every day. If you are not able to work, how will you pay your mortgage or rent, utilities, or grocery expenses, much less the additional medical bills?
You should not have to handle this burden on your own. For answers to these questions and assistance in weighing your options, you should talk to an attorney who has helped countless injured pedestrians seek the compensation they deserved for their injuries. We will sit down with you for as long as it takes to answer your questions honestly and with compassion. You need lawyers on your side who will fight for your rights and for the fair and reasonable compensation that can assist you and your family while you recover.
While every case is different, there are a few different types of monetary damages that people commonly seek in pedestrian-involved accidents. These may include:
Medical bills: This figure includes past-due medical bills from treatment for your injuries from the accident, plus the cost of any related medical treatment that you may need in the future.
Lost wages: If you were unable to work due to your injuries, you might be compensated for any wages that you were not able to earn after the accident. This figure could also include any future lost wages if you continue to be unable to work, as well as any lost earning capacity. Lost earning capacity generally means having a permanent disability that prevents you from maintaining any substantial, gainful employment. It could also mean having to go into a different line of work because of physical or cognitive limitations caused by the accident that prevent you from holding your prior job.
Pain and suffering: This figure is harder to calculate because it is more complicated than just adding up unpaid medical bills or calculating your lost salary. “Pain and suffering” is an intangible concept that is supposed to compensate you for the pain, discomfort, loss of pleasure in life, and any other suffering you have experienced due to the injuries. An attorney who has handled many pedestrian accidents and injuries may be able to give you an idea as to how much this figure might be, depending upon the specifics of your case.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents
What Should I Do If Injured In A Pedestrian Accident?
If you are one of the pedestrian accident victims, then to make the most of your pedestrian accident lawsuit, it makes sense for you to promptly get a free consultation with skilled pedestrian accident attorneys. A case evaluation with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who handles these types of cases allows you to determine how to proceed legally. My Rights Law is a personal injury law firm that concentrates on helping pedestrian accident victims obtain compensation and justice. Our law firm is here for you when you need us.
How Can A Pedestrian Accident Attorney Assist Me?
An experienced pedestrian accident attorney, or a personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in these types of cases, can help injured pedestrian clients get financial compensation from anyone who may be legally responsible for causing their injuries. Because personal injury lawyers know about pedestrian safety laws and they often bring accident lawsuits on behalf of victims, they get the legal issues and how to effectively negotiate with defendants and their insurance company. Keep in mind that an insurance company has personal injury lawyers representing their interests when it comes to claims by injured pedestrians. It makes sense for you to hire a firm of solid injury lawyers who are able to stand up to the insurance companies.
A free consultation with a lawyer will allow you to gain clarity as to whether you have a viable pedestrian accident claim and how you should proceed. The pedestrian accident attorneys at My Rights Law provide clients with a free consultation to help them understand their legal options. My Rights Law isn’t your average law firm. Our firm treats clients like family. Our pedestrian accident lawyers work hard to help each of our injured clients get compensation and justice from those who are at fault. Our clients deserve that.
What Is A Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian accidents are often referred to as traffic accidents and pedestrian crashes. Typically, a pedestrian accident involves driver negligence: their vehicle hits a person on foot in a head on collision case. It could be a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a busy intersection when struck by a car whose crash avoidance systems didn’t work. It could be that a bicyclist has the right of way at a marked crosswalk or within a lane, but the driver doesn’t pay attention to the road signals, and their motor vehicle causes a bicycle accident. An auto accident or pedestrian crash could cause severe, life-threatening injuries to the pedestrian. Pedestrian accident attorneys represent victims in lawsuits against those who cause those injuries.
What Kind Of Money Can Pedestrian Accident Victims Get For Filing Lawsuits?
In your pedestrian accident case, you might get various types of financial compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Some pedestrian accident cases are worth millions of dollars (e.g., wrongful death cases where pedestrians are struck and killed) in the United States. Lawsuits involving serious injuries could be settled for a lot of money, depending on the circumstances. Oftentimes, the insurance company who insures the defendant might offer less money to you initially, but those settlement offers can increase drastically as cases head towards trial and the evidence is overwhelming. Pedestrian accident lawyers should know how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies. A pedestrian accident lawyer will demand fair treatment of you by the insurance company at all times.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should get medical attention, contact the police and then call a lawyer who offers free consultations. Every injured pedestrian should do this. A free consultation with a personal injury attorney can enable pedestrian accident victims to know what to do legally. This makes a big difference. Remember that the statute of limitations limits your time to bring a lawsuit. The statute of limitations generally calls for injured pedestrians to file suit within a short period of their injury.
Get the Legal Help You Need Following a Pedestrian Accident
If you were struck by a vehicle while walking, and this resulted in your injuries, then you should contact a lawyer with experience in pedestrian accident claims. The skilled personal injury attorneys at My Rights Law can provide you with the guidance and direction that you need during this difficult time. We understand the devastating, long-lasting impacts that being hit by a car can have on the victim and their family, and we are well prepared to fight on your behalf so that you can get the compensation and justice that you deserve. To learn more about how My Rights Law can help you, call (888) 702-8882 or contact us through our secure web form today.
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