Thousands of people are killed each year in pedestrian accidents. These accidents are caused due to a number of reasons from pedestrians not paying attention to drivers getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Accidents involving pedestrians can happen anywhere. Some happen on the highways, while others take place in rural neighborhoods. The one thing these accidents have in common is that they are preventable.
When a person is struck by a driver, that person suffers injuries. It’s rare for a pedestrian to avoid injury in a collision with a vehicle due to the size of the car or truck. The injuries suffered range from contusions to serious brain injuries; no two accidents are alike.
After you’re struck, you’ll have the right to file a claim for compensation against the negligent driver. Your attorney can help you make sure you have a claim. First, you’ll need to show that the driver had a duty to you. For example, the driver had a responsibility to stop at a red light.
Next, show that the driver violated that duty. In the above case, if the driver ran the red light and hit you, then you could show that the driver was negligent and breached the required duty of care.
Finally, you need to show that you suffered an injury and financial losses as a result of the accident. You may have medical bills, lost wages or other expenses that you need to have reimbursed. When you can show all these different things, you have the potential to win your case and receive a settlement that helps you cover what you need while you focus on your recovery. Our website has more on what to expect if you decide to file a claim.