Protecting the Rights of Injured Pedestrians
Walking is one of the healthiest and most natural activities we take part in, whether for exercise, errands or your commute. As a pedestrian, you have the equal right to expect safety and protection from vehicles while legally crossing roadways or in designated walking areas.
While cooperative use of roadways demands everyone work together, pedestrians are the most at risk should something go wrong. Despite taking up the least space, approximately 4,743 pedestrian accidents in the United States resulted in fatalities and an additional 76,000 resulted in pedestrian injuries in 2012.
If you have been struck by a vehicle while on foot it’s important to speak with an attorney quickly. While drivers can depend on their insurance company to argue liability and limit the amount of your settlement, you’re left defenseless without the help of an attorney to fight for your rights.
Many pedestrians assume that they can simply take their claim to the other party’s insurance company and receive fair payment. But if you have been hit by a car while on foot, you may be eligible to receive damages for more than immediately apparent injuries.
Don’t Let Drivers Get Away With Negligence
An insurance company may try to tell you what your damages are worth, but you should never sign or agree to a statement that limits your settlement amount.
At Peck Hadfield, our attorneys are experienced helping those injured in a pedestrian accidents. Our firm has successfully represented many clients seeking compensation for their automobile-pedestrian collision related injuries with skill and experience. We will help you fight insurance companies that may try to provide insufficient settlements, despite the negligence of their insured.
If you were walking in a designated pedestrian area and experienced an accident, our attorneys will investigate for:
- Intoxicated driving, either by alcohol or medication
- Traffic law violation, including running stop signs or not yielding right-a-way
- Right turns through a crosswalk, without properly checking for pedestrians
- Distracted driving, that may include texting or eating
- Drivers who have illegally parked their vehicle, making pedestrians more difficult to spot
Drivers Aren’t the Only Ones at Fault
In far too many places, walking areas can be dangerous or even fatal for pedestrians. Despite their vulnerability, pedestrian paths get less attention than road upkeep. If poor construction or maintenance of a pedestrian walkway contributed to your accident, we’ll make sure we fight for compensation from every liable party.
Allow our personal injury and accident attorneys to work for you. We will aggressively pursue a settlement that relieves the staggering medical expenses that can result from an auto-pedestrian accident. We’ll help you get compensation for additional burdens, from loss of work, the inability to take care of your family, or simply being unable to get back to daily life.
Our Utah-based law firm represents those victims of pedestrian accidents in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Call us at (435) 787-9700 or contact us online to speak with an attorney.
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