Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
The number of people killed in car crashes has gone down over the past few years. But for pedestrians, the news isn’t so good. The number of pedestrians who died on the nation’s roads increased in 2013 to a total of 4,735.
You might be wondering:
How safe are Nevada’s roads for Pedestrians?
Again, the news isn’t good. The state ranks fifth nationwide in pedestrian fatalities. The pedestrian death rate in Reno is twice the national average and 60-percent worse than the state’s overall rate.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to understand your options. The following FAQs will provide you with valuable information:
What Kinds of Accidents Injure Pedestrians?
Our Reno pedestrian accident attorneys handle a range of injury cases, including:
- Drivers failing to yield right of way at intersections and crosswalks.
- Drivers failing to look before backing up.
- Drivers failing to use proper caution around school buses and city buses.
What Are the Most Common Types of Pedestrian Injuries?
Pedestrians who are hit by cars can suffer serious injuries:
- Broken bones, including legs, arms and ribs.
- Traumatic brain injuries, which can permanently affect hearing, sight and behavior.
- Serious spinal injuries, which can cause excruciating pain and loss of the ability to move.
How Can You File a Claim?
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, take these steps as soon as possible.
Write down everything you can remember about the accident:
- Date, time and place.
- Vehicle make and model.
- Information about the driver, if available.
- Contact information for any witnesses.
- A description of the driver’s actions at the scene.
- Your injuries, time lost from work, and other effects of the accident.
Gather any evidence from the accident, including photos. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area to assist with your claim. In Nevada, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit typically is two years from the accident.
What Compensation Can You Receive?
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation, including:
- Coverage of your medical bills.
- Reimbursement for lost wages.
- Reimbursement for pain and suffering.
- Reimbursement for other expenses related to your injuries.
- Punitive damages in some cases.
What if the Pedestrian Is at Fault?
If the accident was your fault, what’s the bottom line?
You may not receive as much compensation in a lawsuit. If you were half at fault, you might receive only half as much compensation. Pedestrians are expected to follow traffic laws and use common sense. But even if you made a mistake, you still may be entitled to some compensation.
What Information Will Your Lawyer Need?
Your lawyer will need any documents related to the accident, including police reports that describe the details. Eyewitness reports, photographs, medical reports and doctor’s bills all will be helpful to your case. If you know the identity of the driver who caused the accident, share that information as well. The more details you can provide, the higher the chances of a successful case.
Get Legal Representation for Your Pedestrian Accident Case
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, a qualified personal injury attorney can help protect your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. For a free consultation, contact the offices of Eric A. Stovall, Attorney at Law.
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