Pedestrians usually suffer a great deal in a road accident. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Virginia Beach are committed to helping victims in Virginia Beach recover the compensation they deserve.
While car drivers face a much greater risk of getting involved in a crash, this does not eliminate the possibility of such a thing happening to a pedestrian. Even when on foot, people can become victims of serious accidents. Pedestrians usually have no share in the fault of causing an accident and usually, the responsibility for the crash falls entirely on the shoulders of the driver.
However, even so, one can’t be careful enough in handling a pedestrian crash case or injury claim. After all, the insurance companies and the liable parties will all try to minimize the amount they have to give as compensation and will thus come up with ways of either downplaying your suffering or will suggest that you had a share in the fault for the crash, even if you didn’t.
Your best bet would be to contact competent and highly experienced pedestrian accident lawyers in Virginia Beach with a track record of success in such cases. This way, your chances of securing a fair payout for your damages will be much higher and you’ll be able to express your position in the case more dominantly. At VACAIL, we make sure that our clients feel heard, and we do all in our power to ensure that their best interests are upheld throughout.
Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents
Understanding the exact cause of the crash can help your case. This is the first thing your lawyer will discuss with you – why did the accident happen? In most cases, the negligence of the liable party will be reflected in the cause itself.
Some of the most prominent causes of pedestrian crashes are:
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Drunk driving
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Violation of traffic laws
- Manufacturing defect with the vehicle (did not stop in time)
- Drowsiness on part of the driver
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Wrongful death (pedestrian fatalities can happen due to such negligent actions)
And so on…
In all of the above cases, it is pretty obvious that the driver may have acted neglectfully, leading to the accident. Mostly, the pedestrians/accident victims don’t share part of the blame. However, this is not entirely impossible, i.e. if the pedestrian was distracted with their phone when the accident happened, this can be seen as negligence on their part as well.
As usual, it is best to share all the details with your personal injury law firm with extensive combined experience so you can get the help you need in your claim against a reckless driver (the same with drunk drivers or distracted drivers).
Damages Sustained By The Victims Of Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Accidents
Next comes the part where your lawyer will assess the extent of the accident, or how much damage the crash resulted in. Usually, the damages are divided into economic and non-economic losses, the former being easily measurable in monetary terms while the latter is a bit tricky to figure out properly. Victims usually have to contend with several burdens in this regard.
Firstly, the injuries are to be dealt with, and some of the most common traumas include:
- Cuts, lacerations, and bruises
- Broken bones
- Muscle damage
- Internal organ damage
- Minor brain injury
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Head injury
- Severe injuries to the neck
And the list goes on…
These injuries will demand immediate medical attention which will cost the victim money. Apart from medical expenses: medical treatment bills and medicine costs, the victim will also have to pay for any property damage/loss (if their mobile phone or laptop got smashed), deal with the loss of wage, handle the loss of earning potential (for future earnings) in the long-term, and contend with extra out of pocket expenses necessitated by the accident.
All of these are economic damages and people can keep tabs on such losses in a personal injury claim against the responsible party.
On the other hand, some other losses can’t be expressed as a fixed sum. For instance, the physical pain associated with the aforementioned injuries, the emotional trauma, the loss of joy of life, and so on. All of these constitute non-economic damages.
Your personal injury attorney will assess the extent of all such damages before giving you a final estimate for your total losses, this is usually the sum of your economic losses multiple with a number ranging between 1.5 and 5, based on the extent of the damages.
On top of this, distracted drivers can be charged with punitive damages for incurring extreme pedestrian injuries due to car accidents, truck accidents, or motorcycle accidents.
How Can You Get Fairly Compensated?
Pedestrian accident victims must gather firsthand evidence on the accident scene at the time of the crash, this includes photos, videos, the contact information of the liable party, mobile numbers of the witnesses, and so on. If you ace this stage, the rest should be easier. Just keep in mind that you can’t have enough evidence, keep track of your expenses, get a copy of the police report for the crash (report the incident immediately, on the spot), grab your medical reports, and so on.
Evidence will add weightage to your argument and help you present your demands more confidently.
When To Contact Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Virginia Beach?
The insurance adjuster representing the liable party may try and reach out to you early on in an attempt to get you settled for a smaller sum. Don’t fall for this trap, their friendly tone and smile are both tools of deception – don’t take it personally either, it’s business.
Instead, you should contact a team of pedestrian accident attorneys as soon as you can, there is no room for delay. This way, you’ll be guided in your actions and be able to avoid a whole lot of trouble which would’ve caused much damage to your case otherwise.
Let Us Help!
Legal help, from a competent accident attorney, is only a phone call away. If you’re worried about legal fees and are avoiding the best course – seeking legal help, simply because you think you might not be able to afford the attorney fees for your pedestrian accident claim – rest assured that this won’t be a variable in your case.
We work on a contingency fee agreement which means that we won’t charge you anything until you’ve won your case and received your fair settlement/financial compensation.
Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Virginia Beach are primarily concerned with helping you above everything else. Your case is not just business, it’s personal, we understand and feel your pain and will do all in our power to see that justice is served. Once you come over for free initial consultation, we will walk you through the whole protocol, making sure that you are on board with the whole thing.
Reach out to us whenever you feel ready and we’ll book an appointment as per your availability.