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If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, you could be entitled to compensation for the damages associated with your injuries. Our highly experienced personal injury attorneys are equipped to handle your complex pedestrian accident cases through informed and aggressive advocacy, as we’ll discuss. These cases are often the result of a distracted driver, and the injuries can be catastrophic to a client’s life.
At We Win Injury Law, our attorneys have decades of experience representing seriously injured clients. We understand how important each case is and dedicate the resources, focus, and energy necessary for them to be successful. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents You Should Be Able to Collect Damages On
Pedestrians who are struck by motor vehicles typically suffer devastating injuries as they are afforded no protection from impact. Being the victim of a pedestrian accident caused by someone or something else will generally entitle you to compensation for all costs and damages associated with your injuries. What matters is that the driver that hit you caused the injury and that the evidence can prove it. When the driver is liable, their insurance company will be responsible for covering your damages, after you file a claim as we’ll discuss below.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents you are entitled to compensation for include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving – this includes texting while driving and any activity that impairs the driver mentally, manually, or visually, taking their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, and mind off their driving
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Running lights or stop signs
- Aggressive driving
Drivers are responsible for paying attention to pedestrians and following the rules of the road, and if they fail may be liable for any related damage
Damages in a Pedestrian Accident Case
When you have been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by someone or something else, you are entitled to compensation for all costs linked to your injuries. These include short- and long-term costs from medical bills, any change on your ability to earn, and in some cases compensation for pain and suffering, as we’ll explore below.
1. Medical Bills
Oftentimes there are significant medical bills as a result and the financial toll can be devastating. We make sure that the at-fault party pays for these medical costs and that your medical bills don’t come out of your pocket. Typically we make sure that future medical costs related to injuries are also paid.
Your injuries might result in a visit to the emergency room to provide stitches to your head from your pedestrian accident. For this you will have a bill, and that is evidence you can include with your claim to collect coverage for your costs. Hitting your head could have caused a traumatic brain injury, which can lead to permanent chemical changes in your brain that will alter your ability to engage in the same activities, hobbies, and work as before your injury.
To receive coverage for your future medical costs, you must have evidence that measures exactly what those costs will be. For example, if you experience a traumatic brain injury, and will require a number of surgeries in the future to correct chemical issues in your brain, the costs could be substantial. The only way to collect coverage for these costs is by proving them with evidence that the courts would recognize. This means collecting expert opinions and follow-ups from medical experts after your accident, and your St. George pedestrian accident lawyer from We Win Injury Law will schedule these appointments on your behalf so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
2. Earning Capacity/Lost Wages
Oftentimes the victims of pedestrian accidents end up taking time off of work or time from work. Sometimes this can even make it difficult to earn a living and do daily tasks. We can make recommendations for specialists and we will pursue compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company to recover your future earnings and lost wages.
Any wages and work-related benefits like accrued sick or vacation time are a part of your compensation for short-term occupational costs much like your emergency room bills. You are also entitled to compensation for any changes in your ability to earn and support your family due to your injuries. Again you can only collect damages here for costs that you have evidence to prove them with. This evidence is collected from an occupational expert who considers the medical information about how your symptoms will impact your future, and how that will affect your ability to work.
3. Pain & Suffering
When you’ve been the victim in a pedestrian accident, without an attorney the insurance companies will rarely offer you compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result. We will pursue compensation for all suffering and emotional or physical injuries. This type of compensation is only available in certain cases, and the best way to identify all compensation that is available to you on your pedestrian accident is by working with a St. George pedestrian accident lawyer.
Losing a Loved One to a Pedestrian Accident May Allow for a Wrongful Death Claim
Losing a loved one to an accident or incident caused by someone or something else can entitle you to compensation through what is known as a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim compensates certain parties for the loss of their loved one by providing compensation for their lost financial and emotional contribution.
The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to provide the family of a person lost to a pedestrian accident with compensation to “make them whole”. This is a legal concept that describes the purpose of a claim or lawsuit: to put the injured party in as close a financial position as though the accident had never happened. While your loved one can never be replaced, the purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to replace the loss of their financial contribution to the household. The court also recognizes the value of emotional support and companionship, and you can collect compensation for the loss of this through what are known as “loss of consortium” damages. While measuring this amount can be difficult, looking to the outcome of other wrongful death cases can provide guidance. Your attorney will carefully review the evidence and related case precedent to make the most of your wrongful death compensation.
Your Pedestrian Accident Injury Handles Your Claim from Drafting Through Compensation
Contacting your St. George pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible after receiving emergency medical care for your injuries will support the best possible outcome in your case. Your attorney helps in collecting evidence to determine whether there is an at-fault party, and if they have insurance to cover your damages. Generally, when you are injured in a pedestrian accident you will be collecting compensation from the insurance company of the driver that hit you. After this initial period of determining if you have a case, we will offer to represent you if we think we can win.
The process of collecting what you are entitled to begins with collecting evidence, and ends with collecting compensation. In between, there are a great many steps including drafting a claim, submitting it to the insurance company within the time allowed before your claim expires, and negotiating the best possible settlement. If a settlement is not offered, your St. George pedestrian accident lawyer will take the party responsible for your injuries to court to require them to pay what you deserve.
If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an accident, Contact us today for a free consultation.