Pedestrian accidents are all too common in the U.S. In 2018 alone, more than 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes—the highest number since 1990. Drivers and pedestrians alike face more distractions than ever in today’s fast-paced, high-tech world, leading to more frequent accidents and sometimes devastating injuries.
If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a pedestrian accident due to the negligent or reckless actions of a driver, motorcyclist, or bicyclist, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer from The Paul Powell Law Firm can review your case, explain your rights, and help you obtain damages for your pain and suffering.
Determining Fault in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents function similarly to car accidents in that liability is determined by negligence (and, depending on the state you live in, sometimes comparative negligence). Pedestrians, just as bicyclists and drivers, are required to obey all traffic laws.
That being said, many traffic laws require that motorists yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. If the driver of the vehicle that hit you ran a red light or stop sign, was driving under the influence, was engaged in distracted driving, or was speeding, there is a good chance that they may be found liable for the accident.
Even if your actions did contribute in some way to your accident, you may still be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. A pedestrian accident lawyer can help you determine who was at fault and prove full or partial liability in court.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Pedestrian injuries may range from minor cuts and bruises to life-threatening trauma. Some common pedestrian injuries may include:
- Broken Bones
- Crush Injuries
- Internal Bleeding
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Neck & Spinal Trauma
Compensation Available to Victims & Families
A pedestrian accident lawyer can help victims and their families collect compensation for economic and non-economic losses attributed to the accident and its resulting injuries. Types of compensation available may vary depending on local law, but may include:
- Past & Future Medical Bills
- Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
- Long-Term Care
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Consortium
- Pain and Suffering
- Quality of Life Reduction
- Emotional Distress
Contacting a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
At The Paul Powell Law Firm, we understand how traumatic pedestrian accidents can be for both victims and their families. You may be struggling to recover from your injuries, unable to work, and overwhelmed by medical bills you can’t afford.
A pedestrian accident lawyer from our team can allow you to focus on your physical and emotional recovery while we take care of your personal injury claim. Insurance companies will often try to take advantage of vulnerable victims with low-ball settlement offers. They may also dodge your calls and try to undermine your case every step of the way.
The Paul Powell Law Firm won’t let that happen. With nearly two decades of experience, Paul Powell has recovered total settlements approaching $250 million for his clients. Contact us today for a free consultation—a qualified member of our legal staff will collect all the pertinent details of your case, answer your questions, and develop a solid strategy to maximize your compensation.