When a giant vehicle that weighs over 1,000 kilograms strikes a pedestrian, the average person expects the driver is automatically at-fault. They think any pedestrian personal injury case must surely be “open and shut.”
In reality nothing could be further from the truth. You will need the help of an expert lawyer to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Pedestrian Accidents: More Complex Than You Think
Pedestrians are held to traffic laws just like drivers are. If the defendant can show that you violated traffic laws or otherwise contributed to the accident, then the defendant’s insurance company won’t have to pay nearly as much.
Defendants also often begin with a head start. Pedestrians are often too injured after an accident to help their own cases. Often, they’re unconscious, or are in so much pain they’re not even sure what has happened. This means they’re not gathering information or snapping pictures. They’re getting emergency medical care, and that’s all.
You need a lawyer who knows how to reconstruct the facts of the case. Who can identify witnesses, hire experts, and gather the resources you’ll need to argue for a fair settlement or a fair verdict.
The best way you can strengthen your case is to call a personal injury lawyer as soon as you are medically capable of doing so, and before you speak to anyone from the insurance company. This will allow you to file your claim through your lawyer, and will give you someone to refer callers to.
The one thing you don’t want to do is talk to the insurance company without a lawyer. They will try to trick you into saying things which could harm your case, or may try to talk you into signing documents you shouldn’t sign. Having a lawyer is the best way to protect yourself when you’re in a vulnerable position.
Help With Wrongful Death Cases
It’s tragic but true: many pedestrian accidents end with the death of the pedestrian.
When this happens, the spouse, parents, or children of the deceased are usually left with a mess. The deceased may have contributed to the household income, money that won’t be coming in anymore. They may have gotten medical care at the hospital only to die there, which means medical bills and funeral bills. If the deceased didn’t work they still may have contributed through child care and housework.
Fortunately, the law allows you to receive compensation for your loved one’s death, but this isn’t automatic. You’ll need an experienced wrongful death lawyer to help you get the money you need to get back on your feet.
While money can’t bring your loved one back, it can help you meet all of these challenges. Let the lawyers at Merchant Law help you get what you need.
It all starts with a no-obligation case review. We’ll tell you whether you have a case and what you’ll need in order to work with us. You won’t have to come up with any money. In fact, we don’t get paid until we negotiate your settlement or win your verdict.
Call (403) 225-7777 to schedule your no-obligation case review today.