Car versus Pedestrian Accidents: Know Your Options
Pedestrian-car accidents can be devastating, and they’re more common than most people realize. Not surprisingly, insurance companies have a track record of trying to duck responsibility by blaming the victim. A car accident attorney can be a powerful advocate to help you get good medical care and compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and legal fees.
It Happens Every Day
These 2012 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are eye-opening and unsettling, to say the least.
- 4,743 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic crashes. Another 76,000 were injured.
- Every 2 hours, a pedestrian died in a car-pedestrian crash, and a pedestrian was injured every 7 minutes
- Alcohol impairment played a role in 48% of cases.
You Need Someone on Your Side
Distracted or impaired drivers often ignore crosswalks and intersections or travel at speeds higher than the posted limits, putting pedestrians at risk. Those most at risk include children between the ages of 5 and 15 and seniors over the age of 65. Children are particularly vulnerable, including in parking lots and other areas where drivers should slow down and take special care to be on the lookout for them.
If you’ve been injured or have a family member who died after a car-pedestrian traffic crash, it’s important to consult an attorney with a proven track record of helping victims get the restitution they deserve.
An experienced attorney knows the law and can help you get compensation for your injuries, even in the case of hit-and-run accidents or uninsured drivers. Don’t lose hope or take the advice of amateurs, no matter the circumstances.
An experienced attorney will handle all communications with insurance companies and their attorneys, giving you peace of mind so you can concentrate on getting well again. Your attorney can use police reports, witness statements, and professional investigators to gain a clear picture of what happened, advocating for your rights during the entire process.
If you’ve been injured in a car-pedestrian crash or lost a loved one as a result of this type of accident, you need a strong advocate on your side. Contact Skaug Law today to speak with a friendly, trusted, experienced attorney who understands your needs.