Caldwell Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Research shows that walking is one of the best things that you can do for your health, and that walking on a daily basis can have a very positive effect on your overall wellbeing. What’s more, there is no doubt that acting as a pedestrian when you need to get to and fro is a choice that is better for the environment as well, making walking a clear choice for many.
However, acting as a pedestrian can be risky, and if you are in an accident with a motor vehicle, your chances of sustaining serious–or even fatal–injuries is high. At the offices of Hansen Injury Law, our Caldwell pedestrian accident attorneys are on your side to help you protect your right to compensation.
Top Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Caldwell
Most pedestrian accidents occur because the driver or the pedestrian does something negligent. For example, top causes of pedestrian accidents might include:
- Distracted driving;
- Impaired driving;
- Fatigued driving;
- Failure to yield;
- Running a stop sign or traffic light;
- Making a right-hand turn into a pedestrian at a crosswalk; and
- Otherwise disrespecting safe driving practices or disobeying posted traffic laws.
While a large percentage of pedestrian accidents are caused by the fault of negligent drivers as a result of the behaviors listed above, some pedestrian accidents are caused by a pedestrian’s actions. For example, a pedestrian who crosses when they do not have the right of way, steps off the curb into traffic, or is walking while intoxicated may play a large role in the occurrence of a crash.
Proving Fault and Recovering Damages
If you are involved in a pedestrian crash in Caldwell, surely one of the things that you are most concerned about is who will pay for your injuries. In order to improve your chances of recovering your full compensation amount, it is important that you:
- Collect as much evidence from the scene of the accident that you can, such as witness statements, police reports, and photographic evidence;
- Get medical care and keep records of all care received; and
- Keep a thorough journal of your injuries and your experience as you heal.
In addition to the above, you need to file a claim as soon as possible after a crash. Delaying in filing a claim with an insurance company could result in a denial of compensation, as insurance companies need a thorough amount of time to investigate an accident. If you were hit by a car, you will file a claim with the driver’s bodily injury liability insurance (which all drivers are required to carry). If you file a claim against the driver’s liability insurance, you will need to prove that your accident and injuries would not have occurred but for the actions of the driver.
It is also important to remember that if you can not prove that the accident was 100 percent the driver’s fault, your case will be subject to the law of modified comparative negligence. This law holds that a plaintiff cannot recover injuries if they are more than 50 percent at fault for their injuries, and that if they share any degree of fault, their compensation award will be reduced in proportion to this degree of fault.
How Working with an Experienced Caldwell Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help
The damages that you may suffer in a pedestrian accident in Caldwell will likely be very significant. To be sure, pedestrians have no protections when struck by a motor vehicle, which means that even when the crashes do not occur at high speeds, traumatic brain injuries, spine and back injuries, internal injuries, and fracture injuries are all common. These injuries typically demand hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of medical care, and can also prevent a person from doing the things they love most, returning to work, or even caring for themselves.
At the law offices of Hansen Injury Law, we work hard to prove the fault of the at-fault party, and prove the full extent of damages you have suffered. We understand how important it is that you recover every cent you have lost or will lose in the future, which is why we thoroughly investigate your case, bringing in experts to help substantiate fault and damages, and put our developed negotiation skills to work.
If you have been hit by a car in Caldwell or surrounding areas, or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, our Caldwell pedestrian accident attorneys want to meet with you. We know the pain and loss you are experiencing, and promise to make your claim a top priority. Please contact us today for a free consultation to learn more.