If you or a family member were injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Unfortunately, people who are struck by a motor-vehicle often sustain serious and devastating injuries. If that happens, it is important to know what you have to prove, whether you are entitled to compensation, and what you should do following the accident.
What You Have To Prove In Pedestrian Accident Case
In order to receive compensation in a car accident case, you must prove that the driver of the car was negligent, that as a result of the driver’s negligence you were injured, and that you met one of the statutory requirements including a fracture or incurring medical bills exceeding $2,000.00
Proof of the driver’s negligence may include evidence that the driver violated traffic laws such as speeding, failure to look before starting, stopping or backing up, failure to stop at a stop sign or signal, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, or that the driver failed to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians.
Compensation For Your Pedestrian Accident Case
If you are able to prove you are entitled to compensation for injuries you suffered in a pedestrian accident case, you may receive compensation for physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, scarring, loss of bodily function and impairment, impairment to enjoy life, lost wages, and medical bills. Among the different types of claims you may pursue, if you meet certain statutory requirements, are: bodily injury claim, an Uninsured claim and an Underinsured claim.
You may also pursue a separate personal injury protection (PIP) claim for lost wages and medical expenses.
What You Should Do After A Pedestrian Accident
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you should:
- Obtain the driver’s information (name, address, registration number, and name of insurer),
- Call 911,
- Obtain the names and contact information of witnesses,
- If you are able to take a photo of the scene and the car that struck you,
- Seek medical attention, and
- Get legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney. It usually is never a good idea to speak to the driver’s insurance company.
Contact Attorney Bob Allison if you were injured in a pedestrian accident. You may call him at 978-740-9433 or fill out an online contact form. We will set up a free consultation with you to discuss your case.