Hit by a car while a pedestrian and want to know your rights?
You have rights. You likely have a personal injury claim for compensation against the driver of the motor vehicle that hit you.
All motorists have an obligation to yield to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk. Yet, tragically, drivers fail to yield and this results in pedestrian and car accidents. Often, accidents occur simply because the driver failed to see the pedestrian, sometimes it is due to driver inattention, negligence or recklessness. In some cases, motorists negligently or recklessly drive onto sidewalks and strike pedestrians. Accidents involving pedestrians can happen because of many reasons.
Because pedestrians are not protected by the shell of a vehicle or a seat belt, it is not uncommon for them to be seriously injured in a car accident. Often, the accidents result in permanent catastrophic injuries, changing lives profoundly forever.
If you are hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, you are entitled to compensation. There are accident benefits available to cover things like medical expenses and medical treatments. Compensation can be paid for pain and suffering.
In the case of pedestrian accident claims, two main issues arise, one is the issue of liability and the other is compensation. In many cases, unless you are in a clearly marked crosswalk, the driver and their lawyer and insurance company will claim that you a partially or fully at fault and try to reduce your claim or deny the claim entirely. This is called contributory negligence.
To succeed in your claim for compensation, you need to prove many things, including that you were injured through no fault of your own, or that you were only partially responsible for the accident, that your injuries are compensable and that you suffered losses.
In order to be compensated fully under the law, there are many steps to take to prove the elements of your case. Only an experienced car accident lawyer can handle these steps effectively.
The lawyers of Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP specialize in all motor vehicle accident cases including pedestrian car accident cases. Most cases a settled out of court. They act for injured pedestrians every day. If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, we welcome you to schedule your free consultation with us today by calling us at 613-315-4878 or 613-563-1131.
Our lawyers are experienced and trained in all aspects of handling a car accident case. We take all the steps necessary to build your accident case. We conduct fact gathering, document preparation, liability assessment, organize medical evaluations and treatment, and obtain necessary medical and expert opinions.