Pedestrian accidents can lead to serious injuries that can generate high medical bills. They are more dangerous than accidents that involve four-wheeled vehicles and you could suffer spinal cord injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and other catastrophic injuries. Usually, you will require expensive long-term care and can’t return to work, leading to lost wages. Unfortunately, these accidents can also lead to pedestrian death. Pedestrian accidents are usually caused by another party’s negligence.
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you must hire a skilled lawyer to help you seek maximum compensation for your losses. Having an attorney on your side who is ready to take your case to court will capture the attention of insurance companies. Often, insurance claims adjusters are more willing to settle your claim for a fair amount than when you handle your claim on your own.
How Your Lawyer Will Fight for You
If you have sustained an injury in a pedestrian accident, the at-fault party will try to pin the blame on you. Usually, insurance adjusters argue that you did not follow traffic laws or say that you did not pay enough attention. As the victim, you must give evidence that disputes the account of the insurance adjuster. Also, your attorney can answer any questions you have regarding the legal process, determine all liable parties, prove that these parties were negligent, negotiate a fair settlement for you, and take your case to court.
Who Could Be Liable for Your Accident?
Pedestrian accidents can happen because of different causes. To determine fault in a pedestrian accident, your attorney will determine the road user who had the right-of-way. Usually, pedestrians have the right-of-way over motor vehicles. For instance, when you cross a street in a crosswalk or at an intersection, you often as the right-of-way. But, you should avoid stepping into the path of an oncoming vehicle that cannot stop on time even in pedestrian crossings.
Sometimes, fault in a pedestrian accident is obvious. In such cases, you must give evidence that a drive acted negligently while behind the wheel. This evidence can include surveillance video, recorded statements, skid marks, eyewitness testimony, and road debris.
If you have suffered from an injury in a pedestrian accident and another person is to blame, you can be eligible for compensation. An injury claim allows you to recover damages such as medical bills, lost earning capacity, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, as well as scarring and disfigurement.