People rarely fear for their safety when they are out for a leisurely walk, particularly if they use sidewalks, crosswalks, or other pedestrian-friendly spaces. Unfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians still occur. When they do, they often result in severe casualties or fatalities because people have nothing to protect themselves from the full force of an oncoming vehicle.
If you suspect that the motorist who hit you or your loved one was driving recklessly or negligently, you may wish to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. A Castle Rock pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm is ready to help you obtain the compensation you need.
Accidents generally occur when drivers fail to look out for pedestrians. This often happens when motorists are impatient and driving too fast or aggressively. It can also occur when drivers are intoxicated or distracted by their cellphone. Many of these collisions occur in crosswalks or other places where the pedestrian is supposed to have the right of way.
Our Castle Rock attorneys could investigate the scene of a pedestrian accident to determine if the driver bears legal responsibility for the crash. If the accident occurred at an intersection, they would examine the traffic camera footage. They could also review the police report and any eyewitness testimony. If relevant, they could follow the proper procedural channels to obtain records from the driver’s cellphone provider to see if they were using their phone at the time of the crash, and they could examine the at-fault party’s blood-alcohol level tests if the claimant has reason to suspect that the driver was drunk or using drugs.
Because nothing protects someone from the impact of a crash when a car strikes them, they mays sustain serious injuries such as:
After being involved in a serious pedestrian accident, many people have to endure extended hospital stays, multiple medical procedures, surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation programs. During their rehabilitation, they may be unable to return to work, which can result in a loss of income and a massive toll on their financial savings. In addition to suffering physical injuries and financial harm, pedestrian crashes may also cause severe emotional and psychological trauma. People who survive these crashes may contend with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. A local attorney could help a survivor of a pedestrian accident recover damages to ease their financial burden, which would allow them to focus on their physical and emotional recovery.
Skilled lawyers in the area could pursue damages to compensate injured parties for all of the harm they suffered in their pedestrian accident. Claimants may be entitled to recover economic damages that compensate them for actual and anticipated monetary losses, such as for medical expenses, lost income, and lost earning capacity. State law also allows recovery of non-economic damages that compensate claimants for their non-quantifiable losses, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional anxiety, and loss of consortium. In certain, limited circumstances, a claimant may recover punitive damages against a defendant. State law generally caps the recovery amounts at different levels depending upon the circumstances.
Although a legal settlement cannot restore you to the health that you maintained before your accident, a Castle Rock pedestrian accident lawyer could help you get started on the road to financial recovery. We could review your case and determine your best legal options given the circumstances. Reach out to schedule a consultation today.