As a pedestrian, it is likely that there will be cars driving in close proximity to you at all times. Even if you remain on the sidewalk the chance of being struck always exists. This increases if you decide to cross the road, even if you do so at a crosswalk.
If you or a family member was recently involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important to know your legal rights. Along with this, you should have a clear understanding of what you will be up against if you file a claim for your injuries.
Here are several frequently asked questions pertaining to pedestrian accidents:
1. Can I collect compensation even if I was partially responsible for the accident? Even if you bear some responsibility, you may still be able to receive compensation. It may not be as much as if you had no fault, but collecting any money to help with damages, such as medical bills, is extremely important.
2. How long do I have to file a lawsuit? Following an accident, there is nothing more important than receiving medical attention. You want to do this before you ever consider a lawsuit.
Once you are stabilized and able to look towards the future, you can consider the finer details of filing a lawsuit as a means of receiving compensation.
Tip: every state has a statute of limitations, so you don’t want to wait too long to consult with an attorney. If you do, you could miss the deadline for filing your claim.
3. What types of damages can be recovered? There is no easy answer to this question, since every pedestrian accident is unique. That said, you may be able to recover for medical expenses (past and future), pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Pedestrian accidents are not as common as motor vehicle accidents, but they do occur on a regular basis.
If you were involved in such an accident, get medical treatment without delay. From there, talk to an attorney about the details of your pedestrian accident and the potential to file a lawsuit.