When most people think about the legal results of car accidents, it is typically regarding multi-vehicle wrecks. However, it is important to understand the legal options available to pedestrians after they have been hit by a car. The compensation a pedestrian can receive will depend on a few factors, including who was at fault and the extent of the injuries. Compensation may also be affected by whether or not the accident was a hit and run.
Who caused the accident?
Although it is almost always true that the person operating the vehicle is at fault for the accident, sometimes the pedestrian could be at fault. All drivers must follow the rules of the road to avoid accidents. By law, pedestrians have the right of way in designated areas. Drivers must go the speed limit, use turn signals, and be diligent in watching for hazards. However, if a pedestrian runs into the road suddenly and too close to a vehicle, they could be held responsible for the accident as well.
Determining fault in this type of accident will require evidence from those involved, witnesses, and possibly even law enforcement. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand fault after this type of accident.
How bad were the injuries?
When a pedestrian is injured in a car accident and the driver is completely or mostly at fault, compensation will most likely be granted. The first step after an accident is for the pedestrian to contact the driver’s car insurance company to file a claim and receive a settlement. However, this process will often take too long, causing medical bills to pile up. When this happens, a civil case can be filed against the driver. Personal injury lawsuits are best handled by experienced attorneys, so finding one early in the process can help the chance of success in your case.
Was the accident a hit and run?
After an accident involving multiple vehicles or a vehicle and pedestrian, all drivers must stop and render aid, if necessary, and exchange information. If you have been hit by a car, this is the easiest way to receive compensation for your injuries and suffering. However, if the driver does not stop, you cannot get their information.
If you were the pedestrian hit by a vehicle that left the scene, you have limited legal options. First, you must call the police to file a report with any information that is available, including from witnesses. All of your medical bills and related expenses will likely have to be covered by you or your health insurance company until you can receive compensation. If the driver is found by the police, you can then file a claim through their insurance company or a personal injury lawsuit.
Finding the best personal injury lawyer for your case
If you are a pedestrian that has been involved in a car accident, it is important to find a caring and experienced attorney to help you. Contact Attorney Dean Boyd if you need help getting the money you deserve. You can call us at (806) 242-3333 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our free consultation and our services. You can also visit our office at 4423 SW 45th Ave in Amarillo, Texas or 5012 50th St #103 in Lubbock, Texas for more information about how we can help you.