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Three Things You Didn’t Know About Pedestrian Accidents

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Pedestrian accidents occur when a person who is on foot is hit by a motor vehicle, such as a car, truck, or motorcycle. Not surprisingly, the pedestrians are usually the ones who are seriously hurt in these kinds of incidents. Here are three facts that you may not have known about pedestrian accidents. For more information or for legal advice about your case, call our office today to speak with an attorney at no cost to you.

 

  1. They Are Unfortunately Common Many people think of pedestrian accidents as freak accidents that occur only rarely and in extreme circumstances. Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, there were 1,793 pedestrians involved in collisions during 2015 or nearly five per day.
  2. Pedestrians Can Be Partially at Fault for Accidents When most people hear about pedestrian accidents, they almost always assume that the driver was completely at fault for an accident. This is often the case because of misconceptions about pedestrians “always having the right of way” or similar phrases that are often repeated by drivers when discussing the rules of the road. In reality, however, pedestrians do not always have the right of way, such as when they are jaywalking or walking along the road where it is prohibited to do so (such as on an interstate highway). Even when pedestrians do not have the right of way, drivers who hit pedestrians often still have some degree of fault. When a pedestrian is partially at fault for the collision, the amount of money the pedestrian ultimately recovers will be reduced by his or her proportion of responsibility. For example, if a pedestrian is awarded $100,000 after an accident but is deemed to have been 20 percent at fault, he or she will only receive $80,000.
  3. Obtaining Adequate Compensation Can Be Difficult Many pedestrians who are injured in accidents that were clearly caused by the negligence of a driver expect that obtaining compensation for their losses will be relatively easy. While it is true that when fault is clear insurance companies tend to make settlement offers, the reality is that these offers are often far below the actual value of the case at issue. Any settlement you accept should not only cover you for your current losses, but also for future losses that are yet to be realized. For this reason, it is important for anyone injured in a pedestrian accident to discuss his or her case with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible and certainly before accepting a settlement.

 

Call Us Today to Speak with an Indianapolis Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is in your best interest to speak to an experienced lawyer as soon as you can, as you may be entitled to significant compensation. At the Law Office of William W. Hurst, we are committed to helping accident victims recover the full and fair value of their claims. To schedule a free case evaluation with a pedestrian accident attorney in Indianapolis, call our office today at 317-636-0808 or send us an email through our online contact form.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney