A pedestrian accident happens when a motor vehicle such as a car or motorcycle hits a human. Pedestrian accidents are typically more severe than a car accident involving two vehicles because the person is completely exposed. If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to financial awards.
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Pedestrian Accidents Are All Too Common and Dangerous
A report on pedestrian safety found that nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in 2016. Another 129,000 pedestrians received emergency medical treatment for non-fatal injuries related to pedestrian accidents in 2015.
Drivers Have a Responsibility to Keep Pedestrians Safe
All motorists accept a duty of care when they get behind the wheel. Though this duty of care may differ by region, it generally states that a driver must not put other motorists, pedestrians, and passengers at an unreasonable risk of harm.
When a motorist collides with a pedestrian, often times the motorist acted in a way that violates their duty of care. This could mean that the defendant in your case owes you compensation for your losses related to a pedestrian accident. Many states have comparative negligence (or comparative fault) statutes which hold that, even if you are found partially at fault for the collision, you could still collect compensation.
A Lawyer Can Help if You Were in a Pedestrian Accident
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, call a lawyer. They can help you by:
- Documenting your account of events for use in court
- Initiating legal action immediately to abide by any relevant statutes of limitations
- Collecting evidence pertaining to your accident, including video, photographs, police reports, medical records, and eyewitness accounts
- Handling all legal responsibilities necessary to bring your case to a settlement or judgment
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process
A lawyer will aim to prove that the defendant in your case acted dangerously and, in doing so, caused your injuries.
Damages You Might Recover in a Pedestrian Accident Case
If your case results in a favorable judgment or settlement, you could be eligible to collect damages covering:
- Your medical expenses and long-term rehabilitation
- Lost wages or diminished earning capacity incurred because of your injuries
- Pain and suffering
If you are bringing a wrongful death claim, you could be entitled to damages such as funeral costs and loss of consortium. Each case is different, and possible damages vary from claim to claim.
Call Our Team Today for Help With Your Pedestrian Accident Case
Our team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will handle your case from start to finish. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation. We work on a contingency basis, which means you pay us nothing unless we win your case.