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, like those at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, will give you your best chance at receiving the compensation you deserve.
Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Get Back on your Feet After a Pedestrian Accident
In Oregon, hundreds of pedestrian-involved vehicle crashes happen every year. While some of those are caused by a pedestrian, many — as much as 70% — are caused by reckless or careless drivers.
If you’re a pedestrian in one of these accidents, the aftermath can be debilitating. You can be left with 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 important. We make sure 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’re getting the best possible chance for fair compensation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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We offer free consultations to all prospective clients and if we take your case on, there is no fee unless we win. Let us know how we can help you!