First, we can meet with you to develop a plan of action for your case after determining your eligibility for filing a personal injury claim. If you are eligible to proceed, we can help you file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and begin negotiating settlement offers on your behalf. Moreover, we can help you litigate your case in the Indiana court system if a lawsuit becomes necessary.
Our legal team understands the severe nature of pedestrian accident injuries, as well as the pain, suffering, and inconvenience that often accompany these injuries. Our team will do everything possible to help you maximize your total monetary award, either through a favorable settlement offer or litigation result. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a skilled Hammond pedestrian accident lawyer, please call us or contact us online today.
Pedestrian accidents can happen on any roadway or in any area where pedestrians tend to be present. One of the most common locations for pedestrian accidents is intersection crosswalks. Drivers often do not pay sufficient attention to the road, and they may not see a pedestrian who is lawfully present in a crosswalk, negligently striking them and causing them to suffer serious injuries.
Pedestrian accidents may also occur near sidewalks, especially when a driver negligently causes their vehicle to jump the curb and strike a pedestrian. These accidents also frequently happen in parking lots and garages, especially when drivers become distracted and fail to use their mirrors when backing out of parking spaces.
You have legal options if you suffered injuries in a pedestrian crash in one of these locations. The experienced team of Hammond pedestrian accident attorneys at Midwest Injury Lawyers can discuss your accident circumstances with you and help you develop a successful plan of action for your case.
First, we can gather pertinent documents on your behalf while you complete your medical treatment. Then, we can submit a claim with the appropriate insurance company and begin pursuing the compensation you deserve for your pedestrian-accident losses.
Victims of pedestrian accidents often suffer severe injuries, especially if they fall to the ground during the collision. When pedestrians strike the ground with significant force, they might suffer a traumatic head injury, such as a concussion or open laceration.
In addition, depending on how they land on the ground, a pedestrian may suffer one or more broken bones, rib fractures, or soft tissue injuries. Finally, injured pedestrians may suffer spinal cord damage, including full or partial paralysis, if they strike the ground and land on their back or neck.
Other common pedestrian-accident injuries include internal bleeding, internal organ damage, and road rash injuries from prolonged scraping along the pavement.
If you or a person you care about suffered one or more of these injuries in a pedestrian accident that resulted from a driver’s negligence, you should go to the hospital emergency room right away for medical care. Even if you are unsure about the extent of your injuries, you should seek immediate treatment after your accident. Taking this action may help prevent your injuries from worsening as time passes.
While you treat your injuries and attend medical appointments, the experienced team of Hammond pedestrian accident attorneys at Midwest Injury Lawyers can start advocating for you. Specifically, our legal team may begin gathering police reports, witness statements, security camera footage (if any is available), and other potential evidence to use when proving the legal elements of your pedestrian accident claim.
Once most of your medical treatment concludes, we can file a claim with the insurance company and start fighting for your legal right to monetary recovery.
Pedestrian accidents frequently happen when drivers commit negligent actions and inactions from behind the wheel. Roadway negligence can take many forms, but it typically occurs when a driver operates their vehicle unreasonably by violating one or more traffic laws.
Some pedestrian accidents happen when drivers exceed the speed limit, especially in parking lots and parking garages where pedestrians tend to be present and where overall visibility may be low. These accidents can also happen when drivers fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at traffic intersections equipped with crosswalks. A driver might be in a hurry or not observe the road, negligently striking a pedestrian who is lawfully present in a crosswalk.
In addition, some pedestrian accidents occur when drivers become distracted while on the road. Vehicle distractions often include rowdy passengers, loud music, and electronic devices. When drivers become distracted, they do not focus on the road in front of them. They may even turn their head from the road, preventing them from seeing a nearby pedestrian and causing a severe crash.
At other times, pedestrian accidents happen when drivers fail to use their rearview and side view mirrors, especially when backing out of parking spaces in parking garages and parking lots. When drivers fail to use their mirrors before backing up, they may not see a pedestrian walking behind their vehicle, negligently striking them and causing them to fall on the ground forcefully.
Finally, some pedestrian accidents occur when people drive while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. In Indiana, a passenger vehicle driver is legally intoxicated if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher. Drivers of commercial vehicles and drivers under 21 years old have stricter standards to follow.
While convicted drunk drivers often face high monetary fines, lengthy jail time, and other criminal penalties, they may also have to pay civil damages if they negligently injure a pedestrian in a car crash.
If you suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident that resulted from someone else’s negligence, the Hammond pedestrian accident attorneys at Midwest Injury Lawyers are here to help.
If the at-fault driver’s insurance company disputes fault for the accident, we can retain an accident reconstructionist to visit the scene, piece together how the incident likely occurred, and testify at a discovery deposition or jury trial in support of your case. We can then help you pursue the monetary damages you deserve for the injuries you suffered in your pedestrian accident.
If you or someone you love is the victim of a pedestrian accident in Hammond, Indiana, you should take swift legal action to protect your rights. Accident victims, including victims of pedestrian crashes, only have two years from their accident date to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit seeking monetary recovery. Although several minimal exceptions apply, you should always assume that the two-year statute of limitations is in effect for your case.
In almost all situations, if a pedestrian accident victim fails to file a lawsuit within two years of their accident date, they waive the right to recover any monetary damages for their injuries and other accident-related losses.
The skilled Hammond pedestrian accident attorneys at Midwest Injury Lawyers can help you file a prompt lawsuit well within the statute of limitations deadline. Taking this action will safeguard your right to recover the monetary compensation you deserve. After filing a lawsuit in the court system on your behalf, we may continue settlement negotiations with insurance company representatives and can assist you with every step of the litigation process.
If you must take your case to a civil jury trial, we can represent you at all of your courtroom proceedings, introduce the necessary evidence on your behalf, and make compelling arguments in support of your case.
Pedestrian accident victims often find themselves with high medical bills that place a significant strain on their personal finances. In addition, seriously injured pedestrian accident victims may not work for an extended period, resulting in lost income.
The monetary damages that pedestrian accident victims may receive via settlement or litigation will primarily depend on the unique circumstances of their accident, the physical and emotional injuries they suffered, the medical treatment that they underwent, the cost of their medical treatment, and the amount of their lost income, if any. Their overall level of pain, suffering, and inconvenience may also influence the total monetary award they receive in their case.
First, pedestrian accident victims may be eligible to recover economic damages for their out-of-pocket costs, including past and future medical expenses, lost income, and loss of earning capacity. They can also recover non-economic damages for their intangible losses.
Those damages may include compensation for all of their accident-related:
Our legal team will do everything possible to help you maximize your damages during settlement negotiations or in court. If your case must go to a jury trial or binding arbitration proceeding, we will introduce strong evidence on your behalf to help you satisfy the necessary legal elements and maximize your overall monetary recovery.
We’ve won many cases over the course of the last few decades. Learn how our Hammond pedestrian accident attorneys have secured top settlements for previous clients. To obtain further references, please reach out to our legal team directly.
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There is no question that pedestrian accidents can result in devastating injuries that leave many accident victims incapacitated for a long time. In the most severe pedestrian accident cases, victims may suffer permanent injuries that result in lifelong pain or around-the-clock care at a local nursing home or assisted living facility. Fortunately, victims of pedestrian accidents who can satisfy the elements of their claim can recover various monetary damages.
At Midwest Injury Lawyers, our compassionate legal team understands that pedestrian accident cases are all unique and require specific, result-oriented legal representation to achieve a successful outcome. Our legal team will cater our approach to the unique facts and circumstances of your case—and the injuries you suffered in your pedestrian accident. We can then effectively represent you throughout settlement negotiations and litigation to pursue the best possible result on your behalf. Reach out to a Hammond personal injury lawyer.
Some people might think that they cannot afford a lawyer. In personal injury cases, law firms generally operate on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you pay nothing out of pocket, and when you receive your settlement, the lawyer will collect payment for their services from that settlement.
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Accidents involving pedestrians often result in serious injuries. While a victim is seeking treatment and attempting to heal, we can investigate the scene, find all of the applicable insurance policies, and make sure your rights are protected. Any delay in action can give the insurance companies an advantage. As a result, it is crucial to speak with an experienced pedestrian attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
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Tell our experienced team about your accident and/or injuries. One of our personal injury attorneys will contact you to schedule a free case evaluation. Remember: you won’t pay for anything unless we secure a compensation on your behalf.
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