It’s a nightmarish scenario: you’re walking or running when you are hit by two tons of moving metal. Whether you saw the vehicle coming or not, you didn’t stand a chance against it. You now have physical injuries that may keep you from work for a few days, months or even years. The emotional trauma can be even worse, leaving long-lasting scars on the inside.
Unfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians are all too common. A February 2015 LA Times story reported that California led the nation for pedestrian accidents for the second year in a row.
There are many reasons for pedestrian accidents; many involve inattentive drivers or drivers operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Others accidents are just that: accidents, and in some cases, you may feel partially responsible. But, whatever the cause, these types of accidents invariably involve medical evaluations and treatment for injuries.
Whether your injuries were relatively minor or more severe, a consultation with a personal injury attorney is a critical next step. You have rights under the law, and by engaging an experienced law firm, you will have a team of experts working to enforce those rights. Pedestrian accidents are almost always complex, and no two cases are exactly alike.
Rather than accepting a driver’s or an insurance company’s initial offer of settlement, you owe it to yourself to ensure the offer is fair and appropriate based on the circumstances.
If you or a loved one was involved in any type of pedestrian accident, contact us for a free consultation. You won’t pay a penny in legal fees unless we win your case and get you the compensation you deserve.