Eagle Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Whether you’re someone who walks on a regular basis as a means of transportation and exercise, or someone who simply prefers to go for the occasional stroll, it is impossible to predict when and where a pedestrian accident may happen. Indeed, when pedestrian accidents occur, victims and their families are in shock, hardly believing that this could happen to them.
At the law offices of Hansen Injury Law, our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys have worked with many pedestrian accident victims and their families over the years, and have seen firsthand how devastating and traumatic these accidents can be. If you are involved in a pedestrian accident and have questions about your rights and options, please contact us today for a free consultation.
Common Damages in Pedestrian Accidents
When a car and a pedestrian are involved in a collision, it is almost always the pedestrian who suffers the greatest degree of damages. In fact, the driver of the passenger car may not suffer any harm at all. The pedestrian, on the other hand, is likely to incur severe, and perhaps even life-threatening, injuries. Common damages in a pedestrian accident include:
- Serious injury, disability, and impairment. A pedestrian accident almost always results in serious injuries. Common injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, back and neck injuries, soft tissue injuries, internal injuries, and fractures. Injuries such as these can be permanently disabling, or/and result in permanent scarring and disfigurement.
- Medical expenses. Of course, a person who is hit by a car will likely require both emergency and ongoing care. Healthcare in the United States is incredibly expensive, and even if the person has health insurance, their medical bills can total tens of thousands of dollars.
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity. If a serious injury is incurred, the pedestrian may be unable to return to work during the time that they are healing, which could range from a few weeks to a few months. Sometimes, an injury may be serious enough that the injured party is permanently prevented from returning to work.
- Psychological injuries. Injuries in a pedestrian accident aren’t always just physical; instead, they may be psychological too. A person hit by a car may develop post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or/and anxiety.
- Loss of enjoyment of life. When injuries are permanently disabling or disfiguring, a person’s quality of life could be severely impaired.
Filing a Claim to Recover Compensation after a Pedestrian Accident in Eagle
If you are struck by a car while acting as a pedestrian in Eagle, you need to take action quickly to file a claim with the insurance company of the at-fault driver. If the driver was to blame for your accident and injuries, their liability insurance will be responsible for paying for damages. However, you will need to file your claim in a timely manner, prove that the accident would not have occurred but for the negligent action of the driver (i.e. distracted driving, using a cellphone, speeding, failure to look/yield, etc.), and that you have suffered damages as a direct result.
Can a Pedestrian Be at Fault for a Crash?
Many people wrongly assume that the pedestrian always has the right of way. However, this is not the case; pedestrians are required to yield to motor vehicles when circumstances dictate, such as when a pedestrian is facing a red light or “Don’t Walk” sign.
If you are found to be partially at fault for your pedestrian accident, you can still recover compensation so long as your degree of fault is not 50 percent or more (in which case you will be barred from filing a claim). If you are found to be partially at fault, your compensation award will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault. This is called the rule of comparative negligence.
Our Eagle Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Are Here to Fight for You
Being hit by a car is a very scary and earth-shattering experience, and if you have suffered serious injuries and damages, you may not know what to do or where to turn. At the law offices of Hansen Injury Law, our experienced attorneys work hard to determine the precise cause of your accident, file a claim, prove fault, and hold the responsible party liable for the full extent of damages you have suffered.
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, please do not hesitate to contact our caring Eagle pedestrian accident lawyers. You can reach us by phone or online – consultations are complimentary.