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Have you been injured in a pedestrian accident? Contact The Law Office Of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. today.
The term pedestrian accident refers to a moment in which a motor vehicle strikes an individual who is walking on the street, also known as a pedestrian. Pedestrians tend to sustain injuries in accidents that are far more serious than in a car crash since they have nothing to protect them.
Our compassionate team of pedestrian accident attorneys at The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. understands the devastating effects that being a victim in a pedestrian accident can have on an individual’s life. Call us today for your free consultation, we are always ready to answer your questions and offer legal advice for your situation.
What Is The Cause Of Pedestrian Accidents?
The most common cause of any pedestrian accident is driver negligence. Dangerous and careless acts such as speeding, failing to stop for an extended school bus arm, and reckless driving are all extremely hazardous to pedestrians. Distracted driving is one of the biggest factors that can lead to an accident with a pedestrian. It is so easy to get distracted behind the wheel with today’s technology. Even simple tasks like changing the radio station or adjusting the vehicle’s temperature can steal the attention of a driver long enough to cause a deadly crash.
What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident
One of the most common mistakes drivers make after an accident with a pedestrian is panic and drive off. Driving away from the scene of the incident will only turn an accident into a hit-and-run, and can lead to the driver’s arrest. Here are some other things that the driver and the victim can do after the event of a pedestrian accident:
- Contact Emergency Medical Services- When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, it is more than likely that the pedestrian is seriously injured. The driver of the vehicle or a witness needs to call emergency medical services right away so the pedestrian can get immediate medical attention.
- Move The Vehicle Out Of The Street- As long as the driver of the vehicle stays close to the scene of the incident, the vehicle needs to be moved out of the street in order to avoid additional accidents.
- Write Down Details- In the case that a driver does not stop after striking a pedestrian, it’s extremely important for the victim to remember or write down as many details as possible. This can include the time and location of the incident, the license plate number of the vehicle that struck them, and how the incident occurred.
- Contact The Police- Oftentimes local authorities need to be involved with pedestrian accidents, especially when the driver refuses to stop. The police can file an incident report, and if there was suspicion that the driver could have been under the influence, they can also go make an arrest.
- Keep Records And Receipts- If the driver does stop, it’s essential to make sure the victim obtains critical information such as the driver’s name and insurance information. Keeping all medical records and documentation that relate to the incident are also extremely important. Once the victim is capable, they should ask the police for a copy of the accident report.
- Contact An Attorney- One of the most important things a pedestrian accident victim needs to do is get in contact with a skilled attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can collect additional evidence such as traffic camera tapes or eyewitness testimonies to aid in the victim’s claim.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident In Connecticut and are in need of legal advice, contact The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. Our aggressive team of pedestrian accident attorneys will not stop working on your behalf until we are satisfied that we have done everything in our power to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation that you deserve. Call us today for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation, or schedule your free consultation on our website at your earliest convenience.
What Kind Of Injuries Can Be Sustained In A Pedestrian Accident?
As mentioned above, pedestrians have absolutely no protection when it comes to being struck by a vehicle. A pedestrian’s injuries can be far more severe than those that can be sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Some of these injuries include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones- Not only are broken bones excruciatingly painful, but they can also lead to further injuries. A broken rib can puncture internal organs, or a compound fracture can make a tear in the victim’s skin.
- Tearing of tendons and ligaments- Unlike broken bones that can take 6-8 weeks to heal, a torn tendon or ligament can take between three and six months. This is because bones have better access to blood flow than tendons do.
- Traumatic Brain Injury- A traumatic brain injury is a brain dysfunction caused by a sudden jolt, blow, or bump to the head. Depending on the area of the brain that was injured, the results can be deadly.
- Herniated discs- A herniated or slipped disc occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the stronger exterior casing. This can cause other problems like pinched nerves that can cause pain or numbness, or there can be no symptoms.
- Death- Depending on how hard a pedestrian is struck by the vehicle, the pedestrian can be thrown several feet, and can ultimately cause death. Children ages 14 and younger are more prone to being killed in pedestrian accidents. One of five traffic fatalities of children is caused by a pedestrian accident.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Connecticut and you believe that driver negligence was the cause, you can count on our dedicated team of pedestrian accident attorneys at The Law Office of Michael L Chambers, Jr. We will stand by your side and fight for your rights and best interest until your case is won. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation, or schedule your free consultation on our website at your earliest convenience.
What Kind Of Damages Can Be Recovered In A Pedestrian Accident Claim?
Pedestrian accidents can have devastating results. Serious injuries, having to miss work in order to recover, and stacking medical bills are added stressors that victims of pedestrian accidents don’t deserve to face on their own. As with victims of any type of motor vehicle accident, individuals who are injured in a pedestrian accident have the right to demand compensation for their injuries and losses. Damages that a victim in a pedestrian accident can recover include but are not limited to:
- Medical Expenses- This includes past medical expenses that cover from the time of the accident up to the court date and future medical expenses that are calculated in order to cover future doctor appointments, physical therapy, and surgeries needed to further care for injuries.
- Lost Wages- A term used to refer to the amount of money a victim of a pedestrian accident would have earned through their employer had they not missed work to recover from their injuries. This also includes future wages if the victim has to leave work early for doctor appointments and physical therapy.
- Pain And Suffering- This refers to the physical pain, mental suffering, and added stress that victims of pedestrian accidents would have not gone through before the accident occurred.
- Loss Of Consortium- A term to reference the suffering of a victim’s relationships with their family members, especially spouses. Children whose parents become permanently disabled can bring a loss of consortium claim.
- Punitive Damages- Punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant for their actions and to deter the defendant and other individuals from doing the same actions that resulted in the court case in the first place.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured after being struck by a passenger car, you’re going to need the help of a committed pedestrian accident attorney in Connecticut. The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. will accept your case regardless of your legal situation or budget. No matter your background, we will not stop fighting for your rights until we are satisfied that we have done everything in our power to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation that you deserve. Call us today for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation, or visit our website to schedule your consultation at your earliest convenience.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
When the weather gets warmer in the spring and summer months, it’s more likely to see pedestrians on the streets of Connecticut. Not only is walking a great way to stay fit, but it also helps save the planet. Unfortunately, pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in Connecticut and the entire country. In the first half of 2019, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States was at its highest in 30 years, totaling 6,590. In the state of Connecticut, 27 pedestrian fatalities were reported. In order to avoid an accident while walking on the roads, pedestrians should adhere to the following safety tips:
- Dress appropriately- Avoid wearing darker colored clothing if you are walking at night. This makes you practically invisible to drivers on the road. Several safety groups recommend either wearing bright clothing or reflective vests to ensure that you are seen by drivers. Others say that carrying a flashlight also helps drivers see you better.
- Stay on the sidewalk- It is illegal in Connecticut for pedestrians to walk on roads if sidewalks are available to walk on. This helps prevent serious accidents. If you must walk on the road, it is safer to walk against the flow of traffic so you can see oncoming cars.
- Obey traffic signals- It is Connecticut law for pedestrians to follow all traffic signals, including “walk” and “don’t walk” signs. However, pedestrians who are given the signal to cross have the right away, and all vehicles who are driving through the intersection and turning onto that street must yield.
- Keep a safe distance from vehicles- Remember that drivers may not always be able to see if a pedestrian is walking in a blind spot. Assume that you are not seen by vehicles at all times and maintain a safe distance to avoid an accident.
- Stay alert- Even though Connecticut law gives pedestrians right away while using a crosswalk, it is also the task of pedestrians to remain alert. Passenger vehicles are much larger than a pedestrian and cannot stop as quickly. Keeping that in mind, it is always in the best interest of a pedestrian to make sure a vehicle is not too close before attempting to cross an intersection.
If you or a loved one were following these safety tips while walking and still fell victim to the mercy of a motor vehicle, then you are going to need the help of an experienced Connecticut pedestrian accident attorney.
Our dedicated team at The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr will take your case, regardless of your legal situation or budget. With no charge to you until we win, and our several years of combined experience, you have nothing to lose. Call us today for your free consultation, we are always happy to answer your questions and offer legal advice for your situation.
Calling A Pedestrian Accident Attorney In Connecticut
Were you or a loved one seriously injured or killed in a pedestrian accident? The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. is here to help. We are always ready to answer any questions you may have about your situation and offer legal advice. With many years of combined experience, you can count on us to stand by your side to fight for your rights and keep your best interest in mind.
You can call us today at (860)-231-9535 for your free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation, or you can visit mchamberslaw.com to schedule your consultation at your earliest convenience.
Learning About You and Your Case
After that, we’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action to take in your case and describe the types of compensation that may be available to you. Any fees involved with moving forward will be discussed as some cases can work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you’ll pay nothing until we secure a successful resolution.
Filing Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Complaint
The complaint will contain the details of the accident and your injuries, as well as the legal action we’re taking against the defendant and the compensation we’ll be seeking for you. The defendant will be required to give a response to the complaint.
The Discovery Process
Both parties may also take depositions or sworn statements and in some cases, we’ll consult with accident reconstruction or medical experts. These experts can provide reports and even testify on your behalf if needed.
Pre-Trial Motions and Hearings
The defendant may file a motion to get the case dismissed due to lack of evidence but we may file a motion for immediate relief based on a set of undisputed facts.
Negotiating a Settlement
The negotiation process starts with us making a demand for compensation. The defendant responds with an offer. The offer may be further negotiated until an agreement is settled upon.
Going to Trial
Most personal injury cases are resolved through settlements. However, if a case goes to trial, our law firm has 15+ years of experience in the courtroom and we’re ready to fight for you.
Collecting Your Judgement or Settlement
Post-Trial Motions and Appeals
While a case is on appeal, settlement negotiations may actually resume in an effort to bring timely closure to the case.
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