Walking is great exercise and an excellent way to go green. Unfortunately, pedestrians are also some of the most vulnerable roadway users. Were you recently injured by a car while walking? If so, please reach out to a knowledgeable South Hill pedestrian accident lawyer for help.
In a free case evaluation, one of our attorneys can listen to your story and inform you of your legal rights.
Consider a collision. When you’re driving in a car, you have several pieces of equipment to protect you including a seatbelt, air bags, and even the frame of the vehicle. On the other hand, when you are a pedestrian, there is nothing to protect you from the force of several thousand pounds of steel. Even worse if that steel is traveling at a high rate of speed.
Serious injuries, or even fatality, is not uncommon when a pedestrian is involved. Injuries could include:
The severity of injuries can vary greatly depending on several factors including the height of the victim, age of the victim, height and weight of the vehicle, and speed of the vehicle. For instance, a speeding vehicle may strike a pedestrian with such force that it catapults them, causing catastrophic injuries. In this scenario, the victim is much more likely to require extensive medical care and rehabilitative therapy. This would increase the potential value of the claim.
South Hill is a bustling, mixed commercial and residential city with a growing population in Washington State. With many intersections, busy parking lots, and rush hour traffic, there is ample opportunity for collisions to occur.
Here are a few factors that increase the likelihood of a pedestrian accident:
You can reduce your chances of being injured or killed by remembering to wear visible clothes when walking, paying attention to your surroundings, using sidewalks where possible, and crossing at intersections and crosswalks.
If a driver has behaved negligently and injured you, you may be entitled to compensation. However, getting the compensation you deserve isn’t always a straightforward or easy process. Insurance companies will do all they can to diminish or delay your claim.
We urge you to reach out to one of our compassionate personal injury attorneys. We can investigate the facts of what happened to build your case. From there, we’ll fight to secure you a settlement that fairly compensates you for your financial losses and suffering. Sometimes that means we need to file a personal injury lawsuit and take your case to court. If that’s what it takes, you’ll be glad you have a skilled and well-respected attorney fighting for you.
In the State of Washington, you have three years to file a claim (RCW 4.16.080). Don’t wait; the sooner you can involve a South Hill pedestrian accident lawyer the better able they can help.
The first step is to call and ask to schedule a free case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you.