While cars and trucks are known to be some of the more dangerous modes of transportation, getting around by foot also carries with it some risks. Whether you are walking to the bus stop, going out for a leisurely stroll in your neighborhood, or you have kids who walk to and from school, there is always a chance that a distracted or reckless driver could approach you from any angle and crash into you. In fact, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2016 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and in 2015, 129,000 were treated in emergency rooms for the injuries they sustained [Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].
Now, although not all pedestrian accidents result in a person suffering from serious or life-threatening injuries, plenty of them do and you should know what types of accidents permit you to file a personal injury lawsuit in the event the accident you were recently involved in left you with an injury. Therefore, below are a few common scenarios involving a pedestrian-related accident and when it would be feasible to file a lawsuit for your injuries.
- Parking lot accidents. If you were hit while walking in a parking lot and the driver who hit you wasn’t paying attention or engaging in distracted behavior, you may be able to recover compensation from their insurance company and yours, and you may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against them. You will want to have a Jasper, AL accident attorney assess your injuries along with the amount of medical treatment you have received and are expected to receive to help determine what your case may be worth. If you find that both insurance policies aren’t able to provide enough to satisfy these expenses, then you should discuss filing suit with your lawyer.
- Accidents on city property. If you tripped and fell on a sidewalk or another area in Jasper, AL that resulted in you suffering from a serious injury, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the city to recover the compensation you need and deserve. Now, you should know that government agencies are usually protected by certain laws and there may be an immunity law that protects the City of Jasper from being sued. Because these laws exist, it is especially important that you consult with an AL accident lawyer who can determine if your accident qualifies you to file a claim against the city or if the immunity law bars you from doing so.
- Accidents on roadways. If you or your child were hit while walking on the side of the road or on the sidewalk, you may be able to file suit if you are able to prove that the driver was negligent in some way. Now, you may be able to recover compensation from both your insurer and that of the driver, but if the injury was so severe that your damages exceed what the insurance will pay, then you may want to consider proceeding on with a lawsuit.
Now, these are only some instances when a pedestrian might consider filing a lawsuit against the party who caused them to suffer an injury, however, there are other circumstances that would permit a pedestrian to file suit as well. Therefore, if you were out walking, whether it was in a parking lot or while crossing the street and a driver hit you, contact Jasper, AL accident attorney Charlie Waits. Not only does this attorney have extensive experience in handling injury claims as he has been helping clients since 2004, but he is prepared to fight for you and the rights you hold as a victim.
So, if you would like the opportunity to discuss the unfortunate accident that has led to you suffering, whether it be physically, financially, emotionally, or all three, and whether you should file a personal injury lawsuit, contact Charlie Waits, Attorney at Law today.
Charlie Waits, Attorney at Law can be reached at:
347 20thStreet W, Ste 100
Jasper, AL 35501