Though driving is inherently dangerous, drivers and passengers have seatbelts, airbags, and reinforced frames to keep them safe. Pedestrians, on the other hand, are especially vulnerable in the event of an accident. If you are ever struck by a car while walking on the street and suffer personal injuries, you should know your rights:
The right of way:
As long as you’re on the sidewalk or in a legal crosswalk, you have the legal right of way. Even if you cross the street illegally, motorists are by no means legally allowed to hit you. When a motorist encroaches on your right of way, he is neglecting the rules of the road. If you suffer a serious injury as a result of that negligence, you may be able to hold that motorist legally responsible for all damages.
The right to medical care:
It’s recommended to seek medical attention immediately after an accident, even if you lack the insurance to pay for treatment. If you file a personal injury claim, you may be reimbursed for all expenses, including medical bills. Shortly after the accident, you’ll likely be contacted by your own insurance company or that of the driver who hit you. It’s important that you refer all claims adjusters to your lawyer and instead focus on your recovery.
The right to an attorney:
For help putting your life back together, you should hire a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible. After reviewing the circumstances of the accident, your personal injury attorney will help you negotiate a reasonable settlement with the offending driver. If a settlement cannot be reached, your attorney will then argue on your behalf in court.
If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident, call The Carlson Law Firm. After reviewing your case, our skilled personal injury attorneys will help you obtain compensation for medical bills, missed wages, loss of quality of life, and other damages. Call us today at (888) 335-7492 to schedule an initial consultation.
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