Our experience has taught us pedestrian accidents can happen at any time and in any place. Whether jogging outside, walking in your neighborhood, running, or playing, you or a family member may be injured in an accident. In fact, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, motor vehicles versus pedestrian accidents kill thousands of pedestrians each year. And this does not include those pedestrian that are seriously injured as a result of these accidents. Many of these accidents are preventable, but because of a driver’s negligence, many pedestrians are injured or killed.We handle all types of pedestrian accident claims, including the following:
- Crosswalk accident
- Pedestrian struck by a car, taxi, bus, or truck
- Pedestrian struck by falling debris
- Joggers struck by a motor vehicle
Serious Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
Of all motor vehicle accidents, collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian can be the most challenging. People who are walking on public streets have little to protect them when it comes to getting hit by a car. Thus, many pedestrian versus motor vehicle collisions leave the pedestrian seriously injured. Accidents involving pedestrians regularly cause bodily injuries to the neck area, including the head and spinal cord. These injuries can sometimes be more serious because these areas of the body are difficult to protect. It is not uncommon to see clients left with permanent injuries when investigating pedestrian versus motor vehicle accidents.
Do Pedestrians Have Right of Way?
Pedestrians often have the right–of–way when navigating streets and walkways. Motor vehicle drivers who fail to yield to a pedestrian can and should be held responsible for their negligence. Car accidents, truck accidents and accidents involving buses, for example, can lead to serious or fatal pedestrian accidents. In order to win a pedestrian accident case, you must prove that the driver responsible for your accident engaged in some type of negligent behavior. The attorneys at Burns and Jain will act quickly to build your case, and protect you, your family and your rights.
Will Pedestrian Accident Case Go To Court?
Pedestrian accidents resolve as a function of the evidence. Generally the pedestrian is more seriously injured than the motor vehicle driver and can offer little help to the police officer investigating the collision. With head injury cases, the pedestrian may not be able to recall how the collision happened. An aggressive attorney will work with the victim and with any available witnesses. In serious cases, he may also work with an expert to recreate the method of impact to show the insurance company, or jury, how the collision occurred.
If you were the victim of a crosswalk collision and are told the insurance company “admits fault” you have only won half the battle. First, the driver’s defense attorney will not go with that assumption and second, you still have to prove your damages. That is, you need to show the extent of your injuries and to produce all of your medical records and bills. If the case goes to court, there is a long “discovery” process that is designed to allow both sides to “discover” the case. An aggressive attorney will but your pedestrian injury case in the best position to resolve short of trial. But he will also be always preparing for trial. That is what puts you in the best position!
Hire An Experienced Pedestrian Injury Lawyer
If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident in Massachusetts, you have rights under the law to recover compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and overall decreased quality of life. To maximize your recovery for your pedestrian accident, you need an attorney with superior negotiation and trial skills as well as a reputation for excellence and a track record of success. If you are involved in an accident, please contact our pedestrian accident lawyers today for a free confidential consultation. We can help you file a claim against the driver and protect your rights throughout the case. Call us at 671-227-7423 for a free consultation; if you are seriously injured, one of our pedestrian accident attorneys will visit your home or hospital for the consultation.
For more information about pedestrian accidents in Massachusetts, see our Motor Vehicle Accidents FAQs.