When you’re a pedestrian, you’re significantly more vulnerable to severe personal injury if you’re in an accident with a vehicle. When you’re walking for leisure, running or jogging, or even just crossing the street, you are trusting that the drivers around you are aware of their surroundings and being cautious around you. Unfortunately, however, there are many instances of drivers being careless and striking a pedestrian, causing the victim tremendous personal injury or even death.
At Kelleher Law, we understand how devastating it can be if you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian. Beyond enduring serious pain and suffering, you may have to deal with exorbitant medical and rehabilitation bills and even permanent disability that can negatively affect the lives of you and your family for years to come. Our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers are here to help you during this difficult time and fight for the fair and just compensation you deserve to get your life back on track.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury while involved in an accident as a pedestrian, please contact us today by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 833-546-3675 to schedule your free consultation today. We proudly provide aggressive and professional representation to those who live in and near the Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, areas of southwest Florida.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
If you’re struck by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian the effects can be traumatic. While you can take every precaution necessary while walking or jogging, the fact of the matter is that if a driver acts negligently or carelessly while they drive you can still be hit. The impact from a 2,000 lbs. vehicle, even driving at a slow speed, can cause tremendous physical damage to your body.
As experienced personal injury attorneys, we’ve helped people who’ve suffered many different types of injuries as a result of an accident caused by another’s negligence. These injuries may include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and neck injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
We also have experience helping those who lost family members because of a pedestrian accident. In cases of wrongful death, we can help you hold the responsible party liable while seeking compensation for your family’s loss.
What Are Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Most accidents involving pedestrians are caused by negligent motor vehicle drivers. While you may be obeying all rules for where pedestrians are supposed to walk or jog, a negligent driver can still hit you if they are careless in the operation of their vehicle. Just as in a car-on-car accident, negligence can happen in many forms. A few of the most common causes of accidents involving pedestrians stem from:
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Texting and driving
- Impaired driving
- Failing to yield
Pedestrian accidents are not exclusively caused by personal vehicles, as one can be hit by a commercial truck, city bus, or even taxis. No matter what type of vehicle caused the accident, our experienced lawyers can make sure that the liable party is held responsible for their actions. Hiring an experienced attorney is doubly crucial if the accident was caused by a bus, commercial vehicle, or taxi as many considerations must be handled when dealing with a local government or business.
Compensation We Can Pursue
As we mentioned above, the injuries and consequences you can face after being hit by a vehicle can dramatically change your life in negative ways. One of the most important reasons to hire an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer is so we can seek the maximum compensation you deserve for your damages.
Just as with most other personal injury cases, we can pursue compensation for things such as:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages from time missed at work
- Diminished earning capacity
- At-home care
- Psychological care
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses in cases of wrongful death
You should not have to go through this trying time alone. Insurance companies are often only concerned with their bottom line and are not looking to give you more than the minimum. Our attorneys understand how the insurance companies work and fight on your behalf to get the compensation you are entitled to.
How Can A Pedestrian Accident Be Proven?
Pedestrian accidents require an investigation. Your attorney will be responsible for thoroughly looking into your accident, enabling her or him to determine all causes and establish liability. Without an investigation, it may be impossible to prove an accident was not self-caused.
Who Pays For A Pedestrian Accident?
The liable party will be responsible for damages related to a pedestrian accident. This may be a motorist, a property owner, or even another pedestrian. It is important to note that individuals seldom pay damages in these cases. Rather, insurance held by the liable party will be responsible for payment.
How Long Pedestrian Accident Cases Can Take To Resolve
The average personal injury claim takes about a year, but some may take longer. This is dependent on the severity and complexity of the case. Having an attorney on your side may not speed this pace, but it can result in more substantial compensation.
Who Can File A Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
Victims of pedestrian accidents are entitled to file suit. The parents of children injured in pedestrian accidents are entitled to file suit. If a pedestrian accident results in a loss of life, various family members may also be able to take legal action. The best way to determine if you are qualified to file suit is by talking to an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer about your options and your rights.
Attorney Fee Determination For Pedestrian Accidents
Almost all personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means that you only pay attorney fees if you win your case. Your attorney’s fee will likely be a percentage of your total settlement. Please be sure to review your contingency agreement before signing. Some will include interest fees and other costs that you may not have anticipated. Please also remember that, if you lose your case, you may still be liable for court fees, even if you don’t owe your attorney anything.
How Is Compensation For A Pedestrian Accident Determined?
Insurance companies use a calculator to establish compensation for injuries. This takes all personal aspects of your claim and reduces them to generalizations. When you hire an attorney, he or she will look at the ways your injury has and will continue to impact your life in particular, enabling them to establish what you claim is really worth. Without a lawyer, you are at the complete mercy of the insurance company. With an attorney on your side, you can fight for more substantial compensation.
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Contact Our Experienced Attorneys Today
If you or someone you love has recently suffered injury as a pedestrian because of a driver’s negligence, please call Kelleher Law, P.A., today at 833-546-3675 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. We are committed to helping you receive the justice and compensation you deserve during this difficult time. We proudly provide services to those who live in the Southwest Florida area, and Atlanta, Georgia.