We are all pedestrians sharing the roads and adjacent sidewalks with other vehicles, bikes, and hazards. When walking near a road or across a crosswalk, we are left unprotected should someone operating a motor vehicle become distracted, fatigued, or is driving under the influence. As such, when accidents occur involving pedestrians and vehicles, the injuries can become severe and even life-threatening.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle accident, it's important you receive the compensation you deserve to help cover your damages. This is best done by reaching out to an attorney that has the understanding of the law needed to navigate litigation, insurance companies, and the circumstances of your specific case.
However, we understand that many don’t know where to begin and need a jumping-off point about how bike accident claims operate. As such, we are providing the following information to get you started in understanding your claim and how to contact an attorney for help.
When there is a collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle, it is often variable who is entirely at fault. While pedestrians technically have the right of way, they can sometimes contribute to the circumstances of their accident. Unfortunately, this can create unique challenges within the context of a lawsuit.
The reason is that some states are contributory negligence states while others are not.
Contributory negligence rules maintain that if an injured person contributed to the circumstances of their accident, they are no longer eligible to receive compensation. Therefore, if you live in a state that abides by this standard, it becomes even more important to prove you were not to blame for any part of your accident.
In states that do not follow these rules, you may still be entitled to compensation even if you are partially at fault. However, understand that if you are at fault the compensation you ultimately receive might be significantly lower.
Any time you are looking to receive compensation in a lawsuit, you need to prove you suffered damages. This is a blanket term for any negative outcome that occurred as a result of your accident resulting in injury or monetary loss.
To calculate damages, you and your attorney assess the extent of your injuries, how much medical attention you received, and any persistent negative outcomes that resulted from the accident. Depending on the circumstances of your accident and where you have been injured, the damages might be moderate to severe. These commonly include:
Neck and back injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury
Looking at these injuries, it is then up to you and your personal injury lawyers to discuss the best damages to claim. These include:
Loss of earning capacity
Loss of quality of life
Damages that are monetary such as medical bills, medication costs, and missed work are called economic damages. These are normally easier to prove as there is a predetermined and concrete number showing the amount of financial damage caused.
Damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and similar claims are called non-economic damages. These are more challenging to quantify in a claim as it is not always easy to put a price on someone’s distress or humiliation. However, just because these damages are more challenging to calculate does not make them any less worthy. In fact, non-economic damages can provide significant compensation.
Using an experienced personal injury lawyer to fight your case will greatly increase your chances of adequate compensation in both categories, especially at a law firm that has resources and years of practice on their side.
Pedestrian Accident Attorney
The internet is where most individuals begin their legal journey. What many don’t realize is that law is a precise field with different regulations and expectations from one state to another.
At Strickland & Kendall, we are a team of attorneys who make a point to understand national law. Not only are we personally licensed in Alabama, Georgia, Vermont, and Washington D.C., we have practiced law in 40 different states.
Our goal is to offer unparalleled legal services to all of our clients, whether in a million-dollar case or something much smaller. As lawyers, this is our way of using what we know to give back to the community and help those who may not have otherwise received justice.
If you were injured and believe you have a claim, we encourage you to reach out to our legal team at 334.269.3230 as quickly as possible to discuss your case.
Strickland & Kendall, L.L.C.
Hear what our clients have to say
The night I received the message that one of my sisters, and an uncle who we looked upon as a family patriarch and loved like a brother, had been in serious accident with possibly life threatening injury, was one of the times in my life that my little world seemed to stop. The first week was filled with much stress as I was trying to handle insurance claims for my uncle, and my sister’s son was trying to handle her claims. I thought we could do it ourselves but it became very evident this was way over both of our heads. My husband had met Michael many years previously while working in sales, and always spoke highly of Michael as an attorney with good ethics and integrity. I agreed it was time to call Michael to find out how he could help.
In November 2016, a friend of mine gave me Michael’s number after my son was arrested for multiple felonies. I knew nothing about bail, criminal court, or what I could expect next. From day one, Michael was there to guide my son and I through the 18-month lawsuit that followed. Mr. Strickland made me as comfortable as I could be during the most difficult time of my life. His legal assistant, Debbie, also provided me with pep talks, mother to mother, as well as answered many of our questions. He kept us briefed and was always there to answer our concerns. Michael’s legal skills during the hearings made me glad he was on our side. At the final court date, we heard the phrase we have been waiting for: CHARGES DISMISSED. Mr. Strickland gave me my son back. In actuality, he gave me back to my son. We are finally whole again.
Michael agreed to handle the accident for my uncle and my sister, and immediately paid attention to informing us of the correct things to do. My sister is still recovering, and praises Michael. My uncle passed away four months after the accident. What seemed to be an accident immediately became a ”wrongful death.” Michael proceeded to move me forward in the process, handling both cases with compassion, knowledge and integrity. His staff was always right there for me as well. I know I benefited not just by being awarded a suitable settlement, but I now know it takes someone with his skills to do what’s needed. I would highly recommend calling upon him if you find yourself in a similar situation. I hope I never have to again, because we lost a precious family member, but I know where to go if I find myself in that situation again.
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