What To Do If You or a Loved One Are Injured in a Pedestrian Crosswalk Accident
Most of us assume that pedestrians have the right of way at a marked crosswalk or intersection. While it is true that a driver of a vehicle should yield the right-of-way, the law states that a pedestrian must use “due care” when crossing. In other words, a pedestrian should not step off a curb and walk or run into the path of an oncoming vehicle, if it is dangerous.
Since pedestrians tend to suffer major injuries when struck by a car, insurance companies try to use the law to place the blame on the pedestrian. Even though you strongly believe that you were obeying all traffic laws, the defense attorney may attempt to blame you. By doing so, they are looking to reduce the financial obligations of their client. The accusations may seem minor, but that can save an insurance company millions of dollars. For example, if the accident was at night, they will use your dark or non-reflective clothing as an excuse for the accident.
The Boccardo Law Firm Fights Back
The Boccardo Law Firm understands that defense counsel will look for anything to lessen their client’s liability and place more blame on you. They will use any excuse to lessen their client’s financial responsibility.
When we represent you, we hire investigators to gather the necessary evidence to prove your claim. Our team includes accident reconstruction experts that establish a negligent driver’s liability. That is why you need a law firm that will do more than just write a “demand letter” to the other party asking for compensation.
There is no doubt that getting struck by a car or a truck in a crosswalk usually results in major injuries or worse. Your lifestyle is hampered, your relationships are impeded and your medical bills pile up. You may even lose a loved one to a wrongful death. Without an experienced and aggressive law firm fighting for you, the stress can break you.
The Boccardo Law Firm has helped those with Pedestrian Crosswalk Injuries. And they can help you as well.
Holding All Negligent Parties Accountable
There are times when more than one individual may be responsible for the accident. For example, you are in the intersection and a car stops to let you cross, but that car is rear-ended by a distracted driver. The end result is that the car is pushed into you. In this situation, you may have a case against both drivers. That is, if you can prove that the first vehicle either stopped too close to the crosswalk or really never came to a full stop.
In some instances, a governmental agency may bear the responsibility for your injuries. Your attorney must be aggressive and investigate all possibilities. For example, in a controlled intersection stop lights may have malfunctioned and the signage may not have met legal requirements. More than 500 pedestrians die each year while in a crosswalk.
For all these reasons, you need an aggressive attorney like The Boccardo Law Firm to investigate all the possibilities. We will fight for you and protect your rights.
In addition, many pedestrians are struck while in an “uncontrolled intersection.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5000 pedestrians are killed each year and 42% of pedestrian fatalities occur on roads without proper crosswalks.
The Boccardo Law Firm will examine the history of the intersection and see if a dangerous roadway condition exists. The bottom line is this, we will work diligently to hold all negligent parties accountable.
Ensuring Fair Compensation For Your Injuries
A traumatic or even mild brain injury is a very real possibility when struck by a car or truck. According to medical experts, common physical and mental symptoms of brain injury include:
- Vomiting and Nausea
- Confusion and Disorientation
- Sleepiness or Tiredness
- Dizziness or Blurry Vision,
- Sensitivity to Light or Sound
- Loss of memory
- Depression, Anxiety, Irritability or Mood Swings
Since brain injuries can last a lifetime, it is critical that your attorney ensures you are awarded financial compensation needed to care for you and your loved ones.
Compensating For the Harm
No amount of money can ever fully heal the harm done someone’s mind or body. However, our civil justice system exists to right a wrong. A personal injury lawsuit compensates injured victims for their suffering, at the hands of the at-fault party.
Damages which may be claimed in a pedestrian injury accident include, but not limited to:
- Past and Future Medical bills
- Past and future Wage Loss
- Pain and Suffering
Call The Boccardo Law Firm for a Free Consultation
The Pedestrian Crosswalk Injury accident attorneys at The Boccardo Law Firm are available to help you. Our firm has over 80 years of experience obtaining fair compensation for accident victims. Preserve your legal rights. Call us now at 408-298-5678 for a free consultation.