The number of pedestrian accidents that occurs is astonishing. In the U.S. in 2009 alone, motor vehicles were responsible for the deaths of 4,872 pedestrians and injured another 116,000 pedestrians, says the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). Even worse, children are at the greatest at risk of becoming the victims of careless drivers.
If they live, pedestrians who are hit and injured seriously by vehicles can end up hospitalized or needing surgery or long-term medical treatment. Often, these victims never fully regain their former state of health, preventing them from returning to work or school or resuming other activities they formerly enjoyed. In fact, not only do they have to give up certain activities or careers, some victims will continue to need personal care and other physical help indefinitely.
It is for these reasons that you or a family member need to understand the repercussions of a pedestrian-vehicle accident. Knowing your legal rights can make all the difference in your quality of life and financial situation. That’s why it’s important to get in touch with a well-respected personal injury lawyer who can help you protect your legal rights—before you talk to anyone else’s insurance company.
The problem with talking to the insurance company of the party at fault before your obtain legal counsel is that you may inadvertently surrender all of your legal claims without realizing it. The amount that the at-fault driver’s insurance company offers you may seem adequate at first, but unless you discuss your case with a qualified legal counsel who represents you and you only, you may not realize how much of a burden current—and potential—expenses can become, and you might settle for an amount that doesn’t fully cover those related expenses.
When a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle, dealing with the physical, emotional or financial challenges can be overwhelming and can affect decision-making. Speaking to a lawyer who has experience and specialized knowledge about your situation can help you—or a child or other family member—to preserve your legal rights and be reimbursed from day one. At Whiting Law, we put you first. Contact us today.