If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver who hit you, even if you were partially at fault for the accident.
Pursuing compensation after a pedestrian accident can help compensate the victim for monetary losses that were suffered as a result of the accident, such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
In order to have a successful claim, it’s important to write down as much as you can remember about the accident as soon as possible. Taking photos and hanging on to any evidence that you have can also be important to your claim.
It’s also a good idea to let the person who hit you know that you plan on filing a claim for damages.
As you may already know, personal injury cases involve proving that the other party was negligent, or breached a duty to act with a reasonable standard of care.
In a pedestrian accident lawsuit, the court looks at the duties that the pedestrian had, on the one hand, and then the duties that the driver had, on the other hand, before determining whose breach was responsible for the accident.
In some cases, the pedestrian and the motorist both breached a duty, which means that they share responsibility for the accident.
When this is the case, a pedestrian still may be entitled to damages from the motorist, depending on what percentage of fault each party was responsible for.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can explain many more details about pedestrian accident claims, and whether or not you may have a case against the motorist who hit you.
It’s important to call an attorney right away because all states have “statutes of limitations,” which limit the amount of time an accident victim has to file a personal injury lawsuit.
You can check out this FindLaw.com article for more information on pursuing a personal injury claim after a pedestrian accident.