Pedestrians Almost Always Have the Right of Way
Whether you’re walking through your neighborhood or hustling through downtown Boston on foot, you expect to arrive at your destination safely. You certainly don’t expect to be struck by a vehicle.
Nothing can ruin your day more than getting hit by a vehicle while walking. The resulting injuries are often severe and may even be life-threatening. Because you don’t have the protection of a car frame, your body absorbs the entire force of the impact with the vehicle. Even if the vehicle is traveling at a slow speed, you may potentially face life-altering, permanent injuries.
If you were in a pedestrian accident, you should speak with a skilled and trusted personal injury attorney in Massachusetts as soon as possible. The experienced legal team at theLaw Offices of Gerald J. Noonan is ready to enforce your legal rights.
Types of Pedestrian Accidents
In Massachusetts, pedestrians almost always have the right of way, which means that if you’re involved in a pedestrian accident, the driver of the vehicle that struck you is generally liable for the accident and your subsequent injuries.
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Failing to yield
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Faulty vehicle maintenance
It’s not your fault that a negligent driver struck you. Make sure you retain adequate legal representation to help you get back on your feet and seek compensation.
Steps to Take Immediately After an Accident
If you or a loved one sustains an injury in a pedestrian accident, you should immediately take the following steps:
- Call 911.First and foremost, you want to make sure everyone involved is okay, which starts with a call to emergency services. When you call 911, the dispatcher will send police and an ambulance, if needed, to your location. The police officers will write and file a police report. While this report may not specifically cite the negligent driver for being at fault in your accident, the report will provide detailed information about the accident scene, which may prove useful for us later when defending your claim.
- Seek medical attention. Do not refuse medical attention, even if you think you are uninjured following an accident. Not only do you want to make sure that you’re alright, but also you want medical records of any injuries that you’ve sustained, which will enable your attorney to better calculate how much compensation you should seek in a personal injury claim.
- Take pictures. If you’re healthy and feel safe doing so, take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, any property damage, and the vehicle that struck you. These pictures may prove extremely helpful later if you end up filing a lawsuit.
- Get witness contact information. Witnesses may not stick around following an accident to wait for the police, but you may need their statements later to help prove that the driver was at fault in your accident. Ensuring that you get their contact information before they leave will provide your attorney with the opportunity to speak with them later.
- Call the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan. You deserve an experienced personal injury attorney with proven results. At the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, we are here to help you get back on your feet following a pedestrian accident.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Because pedestrians don’t have the protection of a vehicle frame around them, their bodies suffer the full vehicle impact in the event of a pedestrian accident. This can result in many types of injuries, including the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The most common TBI is a concussion, which occurs when you suffer a violent blow to the head or another part of the body that causes the brain to move.
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI). A serious blow to the body can also cause SCI, which may result in paralysis if there is serious damage to an individual’s spinal cord. These injuries are generally severe and can result in life-altering consequences.
- Broken bones. Broken bones are common in pedestrian-car accidents. While injured people can often make a full recovery, it may take a significant amount of time and can cause serious hardship in the meantime.
- Death. The most extreme injury that an individual can face is death, which is most often caused by a combination of the force from the vehicle and the lack of protection that a pedestrian generally has while walking.
Every injury is unique and depends on the circumstances of the accident that caused it. However, it’s important to remember that, if you did not cause your accident, then you should not have to pay any of the bills associated with your recovery.
Immediately following a pedestrian accident, the insurance company for the driver who caused the accident will usually contact the injured individual and offer an initial settlement amount to close the claim. Insurance companies know that injured individuals who are unable to work during their recovery need quick cash due to their mounting medical bills. These companies will take advantage of the situation and offer a low initial settlement offer that rarely accounts for future costs.
Never accept an insurance company’s settlement offer until you speak with a trusted personal injury lawyer. If you accept the initial offer, it most likely won’t cover your future expenses. While you may need cash to pay your immediate medical bills, you must consider the cost of all of your medical bills, not just those that you’ve already received.
Accepting a settlement offer will likely also prohibit you from filing a claim against the insurance company in the future, which means that you will be on the hook for all of your future medical bills. If you retain the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan for your personal injury claim, we will fight to secure you compensation for the full cost of your injuries, so you won’t have to pay anything out of pocket.
Compensation for Your Injuries
When you’re injured as a pedestrian, you deserve to make a full and complete recovery without having to pay for any of your medical expenses. That’s where we come in; we fight to protect your rights.
We will work hard to secure compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Loss of companionship
- Medical bills
Retaining a trusted personal injury lawyer can only help you with your personal injury claim. At The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, we help take the legal stress off of your shoulders, so you can focus on your recovery. Furthermore, you don’t have to pay us anything up-front; we only get paid if we help you secure compensation for your injuries.
We Are Ready to Fight for You
If you’ve sustained an injury in a pedestrian accident, you should focus on your recovery and let your attorney deal with the legal details of your personal injury claim.
We have helped many clients just like you get fair compensation for their injuries. Call The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan today at (508) 588-0422, or contact us online, to speak with an experienced member of our legal team regarding your accident and legal options.