Pedestrian Injury Attorneys
According to the latest data available from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System Encyclopedia, nearly 4,800 pedestrians died in 2006 after being struck by motor vehicles. Even a low-speed collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian carries a high potential for serious injury or death, because pedestrians have little or no protection. Both pedestrians and motorists alike can be at fault for causing a pedestrian accident, though pedestrians who follow all traffic laws and exercise due caution before entering a roadway have the greatest amount of control in avoiding a collision with a motor vehicle.
Still, even careful, law-abiding pedestrians suffer injury or death at the hands of motorists who are driving negligently. Motorist negligence in pedestrian accidents includes driving above the speed limit, driving while distracted, disregarding traffic lights or stop signs, ignoring or failing to yield right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and illegally passing a stopped school bus
Motorists who fail to follow traffic laws or who drive recklessly often are liable for a pedestrian's injuries, even if the pedestrian was improperly in the roadway. If pedestrians are partly responsible for their injuries, they still may be able to recover compensation under the legal doctrine of "comparative negligence." That means the total damages recoverable by the pedestrian are reduced by the same percentage that the pedestrian is found to be at fault. A third party also may be liable. Municipalities can be responsible if a poorly designed intersection or a malfunctioning traffic signal contributed to an accident. Owners of private property such as parking lots may share responsibility as well, if their failure to maintain the property in a safe condition played a role in the pedestrian accident.
When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the injuries sustained can be severe and life-changing. Common injuries include broken bones, neck injuries, brain injuries, nerve damage, loss of limb, and disfigurement. The effects of such injuries can be extensive and the associated costs can range from medical bills to lost wages. Of course, a pedestrian injured in a motor vehicle accident can suffer psychological and emotional trauma even greater than any physical injury. In the case of a fatal accident, the loss to the family can be overwhelming.
When a pedestrian injury occurs, a thorough investigation and evaluation of the cause(s)--conducted by a personal injury attorney with direct experience handling pedestrian accidents--is always the best way to proceed. Once the cause of the pedestrian accident and severity of the injury is determined and liability is ascertained, a pedestrian injury lawyer and the victim can reach an informed decision about whether or not to pursue a lawsuit or other legal option.
The skilled personal injury lawyers and accident attorneys at Schwartz Roller LLP and its affiliate law firms have represented numerous pedestrian injury cases to successful conclusions. They understand the complexities of investigating, litigating, negotiating, and resolving pedestrian injury claims and are experts at presenting pedestrian injury cases to insurance adjusters and juries. Our resources include a top-notch team of professional investigators and experts who can analyze the evidence and help our pedestrian injury attorneys obtain swift justice and maximum cash awards for injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and all other related costs and expenses.
If you sustained an injury due to a pedestrian accident or if you are the survivor of a pedestrian who died in a motor vehicle accident, contact the law offices of Schwartz Roller LLP. A pedestrian injury lawyer on our team can offer you a free, confidential evaluation of your case and advise you of your rights.
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