Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there is one we all share – everyone is a pedestrian.
Have you been injured as a pedestrian? Were you hit by a car or motorcycle? The personal injury lawyers at Attorneys For Freedom have years of experience protecting pedestrians.
Similar to bicyclists, pedestrians have virtually no protection and are extremely vulnerable to injuries from automobiles. In any case, especially with young children and senior citizens, the potential for injuries are extremely high and can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Even low-speed collisions can result in serious, life-altering injuries. Therefore, drivers must always exercise safe driving habits and must always be aware of pedestrians and bystanders.
If pedestrians survive their accidents, they will most likely have sustained serious injuries that are not only painful but also difficult to live with. For this reason, injured pedestrians owe it to themselves to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney. In most cases, pedestrians have a right to receive money from the negligent person that caused their accident. Pedestrians have a right to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. There is no question that a qualified pedestrian accident attorney will help you navigate through the legal complexities and also protect your best interests.
If you are a victim of a pedestrian accident, there are several potential sources of recovery for pedestrians injured in motor-vehicle related crashes. First, the at-fault or negligent driver’s automobile insurance will be responsible for paying all costs of medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, property damages, and pain and suffering damages. If the at-fault driver does not have enough insurance or has an insufficient amount of insurance, the injured pedestrian can seek compensation from his or her own automobile insurance, commonly known as underinsurance or uninsurance.
If the victim of a pedestrian accident died during the incident, surviving family members of the victim might take the role of filing charges and legal action against the other party in order to receive the necessary compensation for the damages caused by the accident. The surviving family members may recover funeral expenses, medical expenses, received financial support in the form of lost income.
A few circumstances that can make drivers liable for the accident are: not paying attention to surroundings, not following posted speed limits, failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk at a traffic light, not properly using their turn signals, and not following the traffic laws.
The pedestrian may be blamed for negligence if he/she is seen rushing in front of the car, jaywalking, failing to make use of the designated crosswalks, ignoring the signals during the traffic lights, and not paying attention to surroundings during the traffic situation.
There could also be a small possibility that the pedestrian accident was caused by the vehicle itself. Was the accident their result of the presence of defective parts on the vehicle that was caused it to malfunction? In such a scenario, both the driver and the pedestrian may be able to file a case against the manufacturer of the vehicle.