When to File a Claim for Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries
When you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, it’s normal to feel a deep sense of injustice. Taking civil action against those responsible, however, could help you recover financial compensation.
Pedestrian accidents have the potential to be catastrophic. Every year, many pedestrians around the country suffer severe injuries or even death as the result of being struck by a vehicle. But suffering an accident caused by the negligence of another leaves you with a choice—should you take legal action? Read on to find when filing a claim for your pedestrian accident injuries makes sense.
Common Varieties of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents happen all too often. Many times, they are the result of another person or entity’s negligence—whether that of a driver cruising around a crowded pedestrian zone at a high speed or a government agency that builds unreasonably dangerous roads or pedestrian-crossing zones.
Some common types of pedestrian accidents include:
- Parking Lot Accidents – Lots of accidents occur in parking lots, where the potential for distraction is high. One common scenario for a pedestrian accident in a parking lot is when a driver backs out of a parking space without checking behind them, striking someone in the process.
- Dart-Out Accidents – These accidents occur when a pedestrian makes a sudden movement to cross in front of a moving vehicle, giving the driver little time to react. The driver could still be liable in these situations, especially if the incident occurred in a crossing zone.
- Visibility Accidents – Sometimes, drivers cannot see the pedestrian until it’s too late. This can be the result of passing a large vehicle in front of them or turning through an intersection and failing to see a crossing pedestrian.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries: When to File Your Claim
Because most pedestrian accidents involve being struck by a moving car, bus, or other vehicle, the potential for serious injury is high. Common injuries of these accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts, scraps, and lacerations
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord or back injury
When you or a loved one suffers serious injuries in a pedestrian accident, you can rely on the driver’s no-fault accident insurance to provide up to $10,000 in incident coverage. Unfortunately, however, when you’ve suffered serious injuries, this amount may not be sufficient.
Provided your injuries meet a certain threshold, you may be able to negotiate directly with the at-fault party’s insurance company in order to receive compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Ambulance fees
- Pain and suffering
- And more
A pedestrian accident lawyer in West Palm Beach will help you consider all options for recovery.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
Have you been injured in a pedestrian accident? An experienced personal injury lawyer with The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo in West Palm Beach will work tirelessly to win you the compensation you deserve.
Schedule your free case evaluation now by calling 561-659-6366 or by filling out the form below.