South Hill Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

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 walking and injured by a car? 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.

Pedestrian Accidents are Often Catastrophic Events

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:

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Back and neck injuries

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.

Risk Factors for Pedestrian Accidents in South Hill

South Hill is a bustling, mixed commercial and residential city with a growing population. 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:

  • Speeding. It’s harder for a faster car to come to a stop. Also, the greater the speed, the greater the chance for severe injury.
  • Alcohol. Drinking slows reaction time as well as hinders good decision making. The CDC reports that alcohol is a factor in nearly half of all pedestrian accidents.
  • Night. When visibility is low, pedestrians are at risk.
  • Urban areas. Pedestrian-involved accidents are more likely to happen in urban areas than rural.
  • Older adults and children. The elderly and young children are more susceptible to being killed in pedestrian accidents.

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.

Receiving Compensation for Your Injuries

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.

Don’t Delay in Reaching Out for Help

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.

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