Who covers medical expenses from a pedestrian accident will depend on who caused the accident. While motorists most often cause pedestrian accidents, other parties can sometimes do.
If you suffered injuries as a pedestrian, a pedestrian accident lawyer can identify who bears responsibility for your medical bills and other damages. You may receive compensation through either an insurance claim or a lawsuit, but you need a lawyer to do that.
A pedestrian accident can happen for several reasons, and determining the reason for the accident is key to establishing liability. Some of the common reasons for pedestrian accidents are:
When tires blow, brakes fail, and other vehicle defects cause accidents, you can hold the vehicle or component manufacturer liable for your medical expenses. In this scenario, neither the motorist nor the pedestrian may bear liability, and both may seek compensation from the manufacturer or seller responsible for the defect.
Road markings, traffic signs, stop lights, and pedestrian-specific signals are essential to preventing collisions between motorists and pedestrians. If these preventative resources are defective, nonexistent, outdated, or otherwise insufficient, the risk of pedestrian accidents may increase.
You can hold a municipality liable for any pedestrian accident resulting from dangerous road conditions. Filing a claim against a government entity presents unique challenges, so you need a lawyer to handle the process immediately following your accident.
In some cases, the pedestrian harmed in a pedestrian accident is a worker.
Such an accident may happen because:
You can hold a municipality, construction company, or other party liable for placing you in danger.
If a motorist must swerve to avoid hazards, they may strike a pedestrian.
Hazards can include:
When investigating your case, an attorney will determine who you can hold responsible for any hazards contributing to your pedestrian accident.
Many factors increase the risk of an accident:
Whether one of these high-risk factors is present or not, motorists and pedestrians must do everything possible to avoid causing a collision. Municipalities and private organizations must also take all necessary steps to prevent conditions that increase the risk of a pedestrian accident.
Those with the potential to cause a pedestrian accident must do everything possible to avoid such an accident.
Responsibilities for each of these parties include:
Your lawyer will review the details of your pedestrian accident and determine who is responsible for the collision. They will identify any failures by responsible parties, and determine if those failures qualify as negligence. If so, the negligent party should cover all your medical expenses and other losses.
Sometimes, a driver might hit a pedestrian while on the job. Whether the worker was driving from one job site to another, making deliveries, or transporting cargo across the country in a semi-truck, their on-the-job status plays a large role in your injury claim.
You can hold employers liable for the negligence of their employees. You do not have to prove the company’s negligence – only that the negligent party was working for the company at the time of the accident.
Vicarious liability often allows you to access greater insurance coverage to ensure you can obtain full compensation for your medical expenses.
If you were in a pedestrian accident and suffered injuries, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Following these steps will protect you from serious health complications and benefit your attorney. Your lawyer will use medical records and bills as part of your case, so you should hang onto these documents.
Victims of pedestrian accidents should also hire a lawyer to represent them after the accident.
You should take this step to:
Injury firms typically offer contingency fees. These fees come as a percentage of the client’s financial recovery. The law firm covers all expenses, and you will agree to pay the firm a percentage of any financial recovery it obtains for you. You pay no direct or out-of-pocket cost to hire a lawyer.
Pedestrians face a great-than-average risk of suffering serious injuries, as they lack the protection that a motor vehicle affords a crash victim. If you suffered serious injuries, this increases the likely value of your accident-related damages.
In addition to the cost of your accident-related medical care, your financial recoveries may also include:
Pedestrian accident lawyers don’t just consider their clients’ financial losses but also forms of non-economic harm that can result from a pedestrian accident.
Such pain and suffering may include:
A mental health professional can inform your lawyer about the nature of your pain and suffering and the treatment you’ll need to overcome your symptoms.
If you seek treatment for pain and suffering related to your accident, you should receive equivalent compensation. Such treatment may include medications, exposure therapy, counseling, and any other regimen a mental health professional advises.
Injuries from a pedestrian accident may cause you to:
These damages can cause severe financial hardship as well as psychological problems.
If the collision between a motor vehicle and yourself damages your cell phone, clothing, glasses, or other personal property, your lawyer will seek fair compensation for these property expenses. If you were on a scooter or bike during the collision, your attorney will seek compensation to repair or replace your personal mode of transport.
An attorney will also consider any dental work you need because of the collision.
Pedestrians do not always survive collisions with motor vehicles.
If you lost a loved one because of a pedestrian accident, your settlement or judgment should cover:
There is no loss greater than a loved one’s passing. An attorney will work fearlessly to get justice for the passing of your loved one.
When someone hires a pedestrian accident lawyer, they entrust every detail of their case to the attorney.
The law firm will oversee every aspect of the case, helping you by:
When you hire an attorney, you receive more than just a lawyer. Injury firms also employ paralegals and investigators. These firms also have networks of experts who they use to build their clients’ cases.
A law firm may be your greatest asset after a pedestrian accident. If you choose the right firm, that decision can lead directly to a significant financial recovery.
Do not wait to find a personal injury attorney in your area. Consider a firm’s reputation and results before hiring a legal professional. Your lawyer may have a limited time to file your case, so don’t delay. Begin the process of seeking compensation for your medical bills and other losses right away.
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