Hit As A Pedestrian?
Bill Allen | October 12, 2018 | Personal Injury
In 2017, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. Needless to say, accidents involving pedestrians are more common than most people think. If you were recently a victim as a pedestrian, it’s important to know what an accident attorney can do for you. Here’s a quick guide that explains some of the best reasons to consider hiring a lawyer to help navigate your personal injury claim.
A pedestrian accident attorney investigates on your behalf.
State laws vary when it comes to determining fault, but many times, if the pedestrian is considered to be at least 50% at fault, they may not be entitled to personal injury compensation. Your lawyer will leave no stone unturned as they investigate every detail of the accident to determine who exactly was at fault. For example, even if you were jaywalking at the time of the accident, the driver of the vehicle may have been distracted by their cell phone or even intoxicated. The bottom line is that if liability is unclear, you may need an attorney to fight for your version of the accident.
A pedestrian accident attorney will negotiate for a higher settlement on your behalf.
This is another major reason to consider working with an accident attorney. Your lawyer will be able to take all the factors into consideration while negotiating what they believe to be a fair settlement for your injuries. This includes not only medical costs, but pain and suffering, damage to your personal possessions, and more. They can also challenge any insurance company if they’re trying to offer you less than what is fair.
They will represent you in court.
Most people know that only a small percentage of personal injury cases actually make it to trial, but if your case needs litigation, it’s best to be prepared. Don’t hope for a good outcome, or leave it to chance. Demand it with the help of an excellent personal injury law firm, like the Allen Law Firm in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida.
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