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National Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Pedestrian accidents, though constituting a smaller portion of overall traffic incidents, are a rising concern. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a significant 3.9% increase in pedestrian deaths in 2020 compared to 2019. Pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic events, leading to severe injuries and sometimes fatalities. During these challenging times, enlisting the support of a national pedestrian accident lawyer can be invaluable.

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Choosing Senft Injury Advocates means partnering with a team deeply committed to securing justice and fair compensation for pedestrian accident victims across the nation. Our firm understands the complexities of pedestrian accident claims and works tirelessly to navigate our clients through these challenging times. Our dedication to advocacy is matched by our commitment to personalized service—ensuring that every client feels heard, supported, and empowered. With Senft Injury Advocates, you gain more than legal representation; you gain allies committed to your recovery.

Steps After a Pedestrian Accident

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, taking the right steps immediately afterward can significantly impact the outcome of any potential legal case.

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Health & Safety

Make sure you are in a safe place and assess yourself for any injuries. Call 911 if medical attention is needed and even if you feel fine, some injuries may not be immediately visible.

Report the Pedestrian Accident

Contact law enforcement to file a report. Depending on the severity of injuries and property damage, your state may legally require you to report the accident, if you wish to file a claim.

Gather Information

Swap contact and insurance details with the other involved parties. Take photos of the accident scene, including all vehicles involved, damages, and any relevant road conditions or signs.

Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Before settling with insurance companies, consulting with a pedestrian accident lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure fair compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

The main factor in accidents involving pedestrians is vehicle speed, which significantly affects both the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck and the severity of injuries incurred. Higher speeds reduce the time drivers have to react to pedestrians and increase the distance required to stop a vehicle. Additionally, the impact at higher speeds is more severe, often resulting in more serious injuries or fatalities.

About 60% of pedestrian deaths in 2020 occurred on urban roads designed for high-capacity traffic with speed limits typically up to 55 miles per hour. Fatalities are notably high on multilane roads in commercial areas, where roads are designed to accommodate high speeds alongside pedestrian traffic. From 2001 to 2016, the roads with the most pedestrian deaths all had adjacent commercial retail spaces, were multilane, and had speed limits of 30 miles per hour or higher.

Settling a pedestrian accident case can vary significantly in duration depending on several factors, typically ranging from several months to over a year, and occasionally even longer if the case goes to trial.

  • Complexity of the Case: The more complex the case, such as those involving severe injuries or disputed liability, the longer it might take to settle. Cases with clear liability and non-complicated injuries tend to settle quicker, often within 6 to 12 months after medical treatment is complete.
  • Negotiation with Insurance Companies: The willingness of insurance companies to settle and the negotiation process itself can significantly affect the duration. Insurance companies may initially offer lower settlements or deny claims, requiring further negotiations or even leading to litigation.
  • Legal and Court Proceedings: If the case goes to court, the timeline can extend significantly due to court schedules and the legal proceedings involved, such as discovery and trial. Even when settlements are reached just before trial, this can still mean a timeframe of several years from the date of the accident.
  • Statute of Limitations: It’s also important to consider the statute of limitations, which sets the maximum time after an accident when a claim can be initiated. This can range from one to four years depending on the state.

Given these variables, it’s crucial to consult with a pedestrian accident lawyer who can provide a more accurate estimate based on the specifics of your case and local laws. An experienced attorney can also help navigate the complexities of the claim, advocate on your behalf, and work to expedite the process wherever possible.

Pedestrians can sometimes be at fault for an accident if they engage in negligent behavior that contributes to their own injuries, such as jaywalking or ignoring traffic signals. Here are some scenarios where a pedestrian might be found at fault:

  • Jaywalking: This involves crossing the street outside of designated crosswalks or intersections. When pedestrians cross the road illegally, they may unexpectedly enter the path of vehicles, which increases the risk of an accident.
  • Ignoring Traffic Signals: Pedestrians who cross the street against a traffic signal or walk sign are also at risk of being deemed at fault. Compliance with pedestrian signals is crucial for ensuring safety and managing traffic flow.
  • Distracted Walking: Just as distracted driving can be dangerous, pedestrians who are distracted by their phones or other devices, especially while crossing streets, can be held liable if their distraction contributes to an accident.
  • Sudden Movements: Pedestrians who make sudden moves into the road, such as stepping out from between parked cars, can be at fault if these actions lead directly to an accident.

Fault may not always be absolute; it can be partial depending on the state’s negligence laws:

  • Comparative Negligence: Many states follow comparative negligence rules where the fault can be divided between the parties involved based on their percentage of fault. This means a pedestrian can still recover damages even if they are partially at fault, though the recovery will be reduced by their percentage of fault.
  • Contributory Negligence: In a few states, if a pedestrian is found even slightly at fault, they may be barred from recovering any compensation.

Understanding these scenarios can help pedestrians take appropriate precautions and may influence the outcome of any claims for damages following an accident.

Preventing pedestrian accidents is a shared responsibility that requires vigilance and cooperation from both drivers and pedestrians. Here are key strategies each group can follow to enhance safety on the roads:

 

Stay Alert: Always be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially in densely populated areas and during poor visibility conditions like dusk or rainy weather.

Obey Speed Limits: Adhere strictly to speed limits, particularly in pedestrian-heavy zones such as school areas and residential neighborhoods.

Use Crosswalks and Signals: Always cross streets at designated crosswalks, obey pedestrian signals, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing.

Yield to Pedestrians: Give right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections, even if they are not yet on the road but appear to be intending to cross.

Avoid Distractions: Refrain from using mobile phones or any other distractions that might take your focus away from the road.

Stay Visible: Wear bright or reflective clothing when walking at night or in low visibility conditions.

Stay Sober: Avoid impairing substances as they can drastically reduce your reaction times and awareness.

 

By following these guidelines, both drivers and pedestrians can contribute to a safer environment for everyone on the road. It is essential for both parties to practice responsible behaviors and support community efforts to reduce pedestrian accidents.

Senft Injury Advocates operates on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t pay us unless we secure a favorable outcome.

Pedestrian accident cases often involve a complex interplay of state laws, traffic regulations, and federal statutes governing roadway safety standards. A pedestrian accident lawyer will be adept at navigating the differences between state laws regarding fault attribution, insurance coverage, and statutes of limitations, while also leveraging their knowledge of federal regulations related to road design, construction standards, and transportation safety. With this comprehensive understanding, they can craft a strategic legal approach tailored to your specific circumstances, maximizing your chances of a successful outcome, and ensuring that you receive the compensation and justice you deserve.

Choosing Senft Injury Advocates means partnering with a firm that is committed to your recovery on all fronts—legally, physically, and emotionally. Our goal is to manage the stress of the legal process while you focus on healing.

  • National Presence: With offices across the nation, Senft Injury Advocates can provide legal assistance wherever you are located. This extensive network allows for local expertise even on a national scale, ensuring that no matter where your accident occurred, you have access to top-tier legal support tailored to your local jurisdiction.
  • Collaboration with Medical Professionals: We understand that recovering from a pedestrian accident isn’t just about legal battles; it’s about your health. We work closely with a network of medical professionals to ensure that you receive the best medical care while we handle the legal aspects of your case. This collaboration helps in accurately assessing your injuries for proper compensation and ensures that your recovery process is well supported.
  • Expertise in Pedestrian Accident Law: Our lawyers specialize in pedestrian accident law and are deeply knowledgeable about the nuances and complexities of these cases. We use our expertise to build strong cases for our clients, navigating the intricacies of the law with precision and dedication.

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