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Injured While Crossing the Street? We Can Help

No one expects to be hit by a car while walking or crossing the street. It’s something we do every day without thinking twice. That’s why, when it does happen, it can be even more traumatizing. Worst of all, the injuries you sustain can be costly. Don’t lose out on getting financial help for those injuries. A pedestrian accident attorney will give you your best chance at receiving the compensation you deserve. Located in Salem, the lawyers at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, are here to help 24/7.

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Get Back on Your Feet After a Pedestrian Accident

In Oregon, hundreds of pedestrian-involved vehicle crashes happen every year. While a pedestrian causes some of those, many — as much as 70% — are caused by reckless or careless drivers.

The aftermath can be debilitating if you’re a pedestrian in one of these accidents. You could have musculoskeletal injuries, a traumatic brain injury, internal injuries, broken bones, neck and spine injuries, and even psychological trauma.

Worse, you can be left to foot the bill for medical care, lost wages, and more. Many injured pedestrians face up to $59,000 in out-of-pocket costs.

That’s why working with a pedestrian accident attorney is so essential. We ensure you don’t face financial responsibility for an accident that wasn’t your fault. When our experienced personal injury attorneys work on your behalf, you know you get the best chance for fair compensation.

Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC Backs You Up

When you work with a pedestrian accident attorney, you have a confident, capable representative who guarantees your voice is heard. Here’s our process.

Step One

File Your Claim

To get the help you need, you’ll have to file a pedestrian accident claim, which involves proving three accounts of negligence on the driver’s part. Our legal experts help you identify those acts of negligence and collect the necessary proof for your claim.

Step Two

Negotiate and Counter

Once you’ve filed your claim, an insurance broker will evaluate it and send back an offer, which is where we come in. Our team of experts helps secure you full and fair compensation.

We’ll even go to court for you if we can’t agree to ensure you get a fair payout. You know you’re receiving fair compensation and getting the maximum possible benefit with us.

Step Three

Receive Your Compensation

After we stand up against insurance companies and reckless drivers on your behalf, it’s time for the hard work to pay off. At this point, you’ll receive your payout to get back on your feet for good.

Help is available, and you deserve it. Contact a pedestrian accident attorney from SLP Law to get the compensation you deserve now.

FAQs About Pedestrian Accident Claims

Pedestrian accidents can be confusing, even to the most prepared individual. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you navigate these difficult times.

How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?

With a pedestrian injury case, you have up to two years to file a lawsuit after your accident. However, that’s not to say you shouldn’t file sooner. The sooner you file, the sooner and more likely you may be to receive compensation.

What compensation can I recover after being hit by a car?

There are several types of compensation that you can claim after being hit by a car. These include:

  • Medical damages: compensation to pay for medical bills, treatments, and future doctor’s visits
  • Long-term disability: compensation for long-term disabilities or disfigurement due to the injury
  • Pain and suffering: compensation for emotional trauma and loss of enjoyment of life due to injuries, disfigurement, or death of a loved one in the accident

Depending on your situation, you may be able to apply for one or more of these. It’s best to speak to a lawyer to be sure of which you may be eligible to recover.

I've been hurt in a pedestrian accident and I want to file a claim for my injuries. What's the first thing I should do?

If you want to file a claim, the first thing you should do is collect the driver’s information and take photos of your injuries. This serves as evidence for your claim. You should also contact emergency services for any assistance with your injuries.

What if they say I was at fault or partially at fault for the accident?

If the driver says that you were at fault or partially at fault, this is where a lawyer comes in. An accident attorney will help determine who was really at fault and serve as an advocate for you.

Even if the driver claims you were at fault, that may not be the case. Your lawyer will make sure that your voice is heard and that justice is served.

What are the signs of nursing home neglect?

Even if you were outside a crosswalk when you were hit, you may still have a case. The best course of action is to speak to one of the legal professionals at SLP Law to see if and how you can get compensation for the accident.

Do I need a lawyer on a pedestrian accident case?

Although it’s not required, it’s always a good idea to bring a lawyer into your personal injury case. Lawyers know how to negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to secure you the maximum payout.

They also know how to push back and advocate for you if you’re being unfairly targeted in a case. If you’re ready to work with your own injury lawyer, SLP Law can guide you through the process and ease the burden during this scary time.

Client Reviews

Arthur PorterArthur Porter
19:21 04 Jan 23
I was involved in an accident, and was having difficulties dealing with my insurance company.One of my neighbors recommended me to Brian Lathen, after a very prompt meeting I retained his services.Durring a long and tiring process, the staff at Swanson Lathen and Prestwich made me feel so much more comfortable, and helped greatly in getting through it.Along with now having a trusted lawyer/allie to call if anything unexpectedly happens in the future. I feel like I had made a friend.Thank you.
Mindy MichelleMindy Michelle
21:53 15 Dec 22
Swanson Lathen Prestwich is a Godsend!I was in a terrible car crash, literally caused by another person who admitted fault to the police, to their own insurance, to my insurance and I STILL had to fight for fair compensation. Realizing I needed to get a lawyer involved, an acquaintance recommended Travis Prestwich.After meeting Mr. Prestwich, I was immediately at ease. He was very knowledgeable, kind, welcoming and realistic. I appreciated that he actually listened to me and provided information that helped me get into the right mind frame. Travis was very patient and kind and responded to questions rather quickly. I appreciated his realistic approach and learned quickly that other lawyers, judges and community members, highly respect him; which was a huge sign that he was the right person for my situation!His staff, Carrie Meeker and Jennifer Hiser were equally phenomenal during the process! They were also very kind, empathetic, knowledgeable and responded to inquires in a timely manner and were just wonderful to work with. As odd as this sounds, I really enjoyed talking with them and knew that once my case with over with that I would miss all three of them.When the time came, and I had to go through a settlement hearing, Travis was by my side the whole way through. The unknown always frightens me but he found a way to keep me at ease with his calm demeanor. This review doesn’t even do this trio justice! They are wonderful people and did a phenomenal job on my case.I pray I never have to go through this process again however if I do, Travis will be the very first person I call. I HIGHLY recommend Swanson Lathen Prestwich and Travis Prestwich, Carrie Meeker and Jennifer Hiser!! I wish there were more people out there like them! I give them an A+++
04:43 21 Oct 22
Mr. Prestwich and his entire staff were nothing but kind, supportive and professional through the entire process of helping me with my car accident settlement. The outcome was exactly what I had hoped for and it was all because of the hard work that was done by this office.
Captain MorganCaptain Morgan
13:53 17 Oct 22
Myself and my family have worked with Keith Swanson since the late 80's.Unfortunately when an accident occurs you need to make good decisions.You can't go wrong with Keith.He's an amazing man. Honest, straight forward and well respected in the industry.Not to mention one of the best accident attorneys in the profession.Thank you Keith, and Chris.
Nathan CookNathan Cook
00:34 18 Jan 18
Great Services! Helpful reception. Brian Lathen was great and helped a lot.


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