When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, it is a well-known fact that the person on foot will most likely suffer catastrophic injuries. These tragic accidents can also lead to wrongful death in some cases. Victims and families that have lost a loved one should be aware that being involved in a pedestrian accident can lead to significant financial recovery if the driver of the vehicle was at fault, which is typically the case since pedestrians generally have the right of way. If you were recently involved in a pedestrian accident, your interests would be best served by speaking with Harshbarger Law about the details of your situation.
Filing a claim can help alleviate the financial and emotional burdens of:
- Ambulance or other emergency transportation costs
- Hospital and medical bills
- Surgical bills
- Medical equipment costs
- Physical therapy expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income earning capability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Car vs. Pedestrian Accidents
In a pedestrian-car accident, the pedestrian undoubtedly loses. Even a low-speed impact could be fatal. While pedestrians can be at fault for ignoring traffic signals, allowing their children to run in front of traffic, jaywalking and not paying attention, more often it is the motorist who fails to observe traffic warnings.
A motorist can be at fault for:
- Failing to observe a crosswalk
- Driving recklessly in crowded areas
- Driving under the influence
- Passing when it is illegal
- Not driving safely around school buses
It is important to be seen by a physician if you experience any pain or suffering as a result of the accident. In addition, you should contact the police. Beyond the civil suit, the negligent driver could end up facing criminal charges for reckless driving.
Harshbarger Law recognizes the complexities involved when handling pedestrian accident cases. It is important to have an attorney who understands that each case is different and special attention must be paid to the client to ensure that he or she is properly represented and fully compensated.