Were You A Pedestrian Struck By A Motor Vehicle?
If you or a loved one were hit by a negligent driver of a truck, car, SUV, tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle, you need an experienced motor vehicle injury attorney. Even at low speeds, vehicle-pedestrian crashes can cause much worse injuries than a typical car accident. This is due to the obvious fact that pedestrians have little physical protection if struck by a vehicle.
Walking in and around towns can increase your risk of injury, even if you follow proper pedestrian and traffic rules, use crosswalks, look both ways and be mindful in parking lots. Being the victim of a pedestrian versus motor vehicle crash can be a traumatic experience that can lead to serious injuries, mental trauma, long recoveries and physical rehabilitation.
If you or a loved one has injuries from a pedestrian-motor vehicle crash, the lawyers at DeMore Law Firm, PLLC, can fight for the financial compensation you and your family deserve.
30-Plus Years Of Legal Experience
The team of personal injury attorneys at DeMore Law Firm, PLLC, have over 30 years of combined experience fighting and winning compensation for clients who have accident injuries.
Most often, the cause of a pedestrian-vehicle crash is a negligent, reckless, distracted or aggressive driver failing to comply with traffic laws. Many factors come into play that can increase the risk of these drivers hitting a pedestrian, including speeding, texting, distracted driving, influence of alcohol or drugs, harsh weather conditions, or aggressive driving. Weather conditions, the time of day and whether the pedestrian or vehicle operator is under the influence of alcohol. Most pedestrian deaths occur at night, and about half of all pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes involve one of the parties being under the influence of alcohol.
Even when a pedestrian may not have the right of way, a driver can still be liable for the injuries sustained if the driver was negligent. Drivers have a duty to watch for pedestrians when operating their vehicle, especially in higher foot-traffic areas such as:
- School zones
- Shopping malls
- Near sidewalks
It is our job to ensure our clients receive proper financial compensation for their injuries due to another person’s negligence.
Common Injuries And Recovery Time
Pedestrians are at a greater risk of severe injuries in a pedestrian-vehicle crash. The human body is considerably more fragile than any vehicle on the road. These injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, brain and spine injuries, mental/emotional trauma, permanent disabilities, amputations and even death. Pedestrians hit by a car, truck, or other vehicle can sustain life-altering injuries lasting for months or even years.
Steps To Take Following A Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Accident
There are a few important moves you should make in the event of a pedestrian-motor vehicle crash. These are all important in giving yourself the best chance of winning your case and obtaining fair compensation. First, if able, make sure to get a police report at the scene of the crash. It is also important to gather contact information from witnesses, preserve as much evidence as possible and seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries. Lastly, work with a personal injury team experienced in pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes to help you file a timely claim in order to have the best odds for winning your case.
It Is Never Too Early To Meet With An Attorney
Our lawyers, Tim DeMore and Phil Dysert, have more than three decades of combined personal injury experience helping pedestrians just like you. Because you have just three years from the date of your accident to file a claim, it is critical to start building your case early. We often meet with our clients and their families before they leave the hospital. Call our office in Syracuse at 315-413-7000 or send us an email to initiate a free consultation.