If you were injured by a car, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, or other mode of transportation while crossing the street, walking on the side of the road, or while on the sidewalk, you may have the right to recover damages from the responsible party. Often times this can not just be the driver of the vehicle, but also an entity who is responsible for the intersection or crosswalk (i.e. City, State, County or private entity).
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When a pedestrian has been hit by a motor vehicle, often the injuries are serious or even result in death. A person weighing 100 to 250 pounds or so is no match for a moving vehicle weighing several thousand pounds or more. The collision may result in serious injuries such as broken limbs and internal injuries, a spinal cord injury that results in permanent paralysis from the neck down (“quadriplegia”) or the waist down (“paraplegia”). In many pedestrian-vehicle accidents, the pedestrian is thrown a ways and lands on his or her head, suffering serious traumatic brain injuries, even death.
Suppose you were crossing the street other than at a crosswalk (for example, you were jaywalking in the middle of the block) when a car hits you. Does the fact you were jaywalking automatically bar you from seeking compensation from the driver who hit you? Not necessarily. Just because a person crosses a street in the middle of the block does not make it open season on the jaywalker. The driver of the car still owes him or her the duty to drive carefully to avoid an accident.
If you have been injured or a loved one killed in an accident while a pedestrian—especially if the injuries are serious or a death is involved—it is imperative that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately. Do not talk with an insurance company investigator or adjuster before you have had the chance to retain a lawyer. The lawyer will often advise you against giving a statement to the insurance company’s adjuster, as they are trained to trick you into saying things that will come back to haunt you at a later stage of the case.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately so he or she can start working right away to obtain all the monetary compensation you are entitled to. Call now for a free legal consultation with a lawyer 888.222.8286.