You can follow all the rules of the road and still get hit by someone. Pedestrian accidents can easily kill or cause lifelong injury to victims. If a vehicle has hit you while walking, our pedestrian accident lawyers at Pendleton Law Team can help you.
Even if you are still in the hospital, we can help you. Time is of the essence. The insurance company will try to reach you before you can reach a lawyer. Don’t agree or sign anything from an insurance company until you’ve talked to us.
Who Is Liable in Pedestrian Accidents?
The first question in any accident case is who is liable. We have to show that the other party was liable to collect compensation, whether they were the driver or the pedestrian. Yes, pedestrians can do things that make them liable.
For example, did you know that in almost half of all U.S. pedestrian accidents, one party is drunk? That includes pedestrians. A drunk pedestrian that stumbles into the road would probably be considered the liable party.
Whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian, our pedestrian accident attorneys in Petersburg will strive to prove that the other party is liable and that you deserve full compensation. You deserve it after your traumatic experience.
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Who Breached the Duty of Care?
The first step in determining liability is figuring out who breached the duty of care. This is the care that a reasonable person would have for other people in a situation. Reckless drivers and drunk drivers are common examples of people who breach the duty of care.
Pedestrians can also breach it by acting unpredictably. All pedestrians must follow the rules of the road. If someone darts out into traffic between two parked cars in such a way that no one could see them coming, that could make them liable as well.
This is an extremely important question in Virginia because we use a contributory negligence standard for accidents. If you share any level of blame in your accident, you lose the right to damages in court and you’ll be at the mercy of the insurance companies. That’s why you must have our Petersburg pedestrian accident lawyers on your side.
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What Compensation Could I Receive?
Since there is little to protect pedestrians if they’re hit by a car, your injuries are probably pretty severe. Fortunately, you can get compensated for them through the law. Some forms of compensation you could receive include:
- Current and future medical bills
- Testing bills
- Long-term care
- Disability renovations
- Lost wages, both now and in the future
- Personal property damage
- Pain and suffering
If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you could be eligible to receive wrongful death damages as well. One job of our pedestrian accident attorneys is to pursue as many avenues for compensation as we can. You deserve to get as much as possible.
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How Does Insurance Play a Part?
Insurance is the primary way people get compensation after any auto-related accident, but don’t think they’re willing to give you what you need. These for-profit companies want to keep as much money as possible–and will use many tricks to make it happen.
Anything you say to an insurance adjuster could be used against you, even saying a polite “I’m fine” on the phone. You are not legally obligated to give a statement. They might try to rush you into an early settlement, or delay your case to drain your savings to force a lower settlement.
When you have the Pendleton Law Team on your side, you’ll have someone on your side who knows the tricks and how to counter them. The insurance companies know who we are, and they know we mean business. We make them play fair.
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Call our Petersburg Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you’ve suffered a pedestrian accident, or you’ve hit a pedestrian that you believe violated the rules of the road, do not wait. Contact our pedestrian accident attorneys in Petersburg, VA, by calling the number on your screen or sending us an email through our website.
Our team gives free no-obligation consultations. There are no up-front costs for pedestrian accident representation. If you win your case, our fee will come from your winnings under a contingency fee agreement.
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