A pedestrian walking along the street is no match for a fast-moving, 2,000-pound vehicle. Yet, in nearly all situations, the person walking has the right of way. Because these types of accidents are often due to negligence, they often involve insurance companies and legal battles, making the victim suffer that much more.
Our legal team at Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, can help you. Our Arlington pedestrian accident lawyer is dedicated to working closely with you to ensure all of your needs are met throughout that process.
Do not settle your case without at least a free consultation with an Arlington personal injury lawyer. There is no obligation to work with us, but we can help ensure you are getting the compensation owed. Contact us now for a free consultation.
All About Pedestrian Accidents in Arlington
Pedestrian accidents involve any instance in which a person is struck by a vehicle. This can happen with a car, truck, SUV, bus, or even a motorcycle. In some situations, the incident may not lead to a significant loss, and a simple claim for any medical bills is all it takes.
Yet, the vast majority of the cases we take on regarding pedestrian accidents involve far more complicated matters, and that often means much higher financial losses. Our pedestrian accident attorney in Arlington works with people suffering from:
- Fatalities related to pedestrian accidents (if you are an immediate family member, allow us to help you)
- Drunk driving accidents
- Speeding and reckless driving instances
- Bike-related accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Truck accidents
- Crosswalk accidents
If you or your loved one was hurt in such an accident, we encourage you to contact a personal injury attorney who can help you navigate your case, providing you with legal representation throughout the process.
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What Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Arlington Can Do for You
After such a devastating accident, you may be unsure what your next step should be. Filing a claim with an insurance company is not likely the best first step, especially if you have significant injuries. Instead, turn to our legal team. There are several ways in which a pedestrian accident lawyer in Arlington will help you.
The first step in every case like this is to determine who was at fault. While pedestrian accidents sometimes seem straightforward, there could be complicated circumstances that could mean more than one person is responsible. Some of the most common reasons Arlington pedestrian accidents occur include:
- Drivers texting or otherwise distracted
- Failure to stop at a light or stop sign due to reckless driving
- Following other drivers too closely
- Inexperience behind the wheel
- Vehicle maintenance and upkeep
Holding Others Responsible
In some situations, the driver is responsible, but there may be others responsible as well, such as the owner of the vehicle that allowed the person to operate a vehicle in an unsafe condition or the maintenance company that failed to ensure the vehicle was safe to drive. There may be more than one party responsible for your losses:
- The owner of the truck or vehicle
- The driver
- The dram shop, or the location that sold alcohol to a person who knowingly allowed someone to leave intoxicated due to over-serving
- Parts manufacturers with ineffective products
- Government agencies or their subcontractors if they created unsafe conditions
Our team works with you to gather all evidence from the case to determine who is at fault. We then navigate the process of securing compensation for you from that responsible party. Talk to an Arlington pedestrian accident attorney today.
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How Pedestrian Accidents Are Paid Out
Once liability is established, it is then possible to seek compensation for the losses from the responsible party. In most situations, that will be the insurance company for the individual. Filing a claim is more complex than it may initially seem, though.
The first step is to understand all of your losses, including any damages that you could be owed due to long-term consequences suffered in the case. Some of the most common damages we seek on behalf of our clients include:
- Medical bills
- Long-term recovery
- Specialist care
- Modifications to homes
- Lost income
- Loss of ability to work
- Emotional distress
- Diminished earning capacity
- Reputational damages
- Pain and suffering
- Unexpected costs, like hiring an in-home professional to care for your child because you cannot
- Loss of enjoyment in life
Determining Long-Term Injury Impacts
With numerous risks present, there is little doubt that today’s average pedestrian accident is going to take some time to process. It is easy enough to determine what your medical bills are immediately, but we also have to think about the long term. How will this injury impact your future? Will it cause rifts in relationships? Will you struggle to meet your life’s goals?
There are some situations where the court may award punitive damages as well, which are extra damages awarded when particularly heinous crimes occur, such as when a person drives under the influence and causes the loss of life to a pedestrian.
If you settle your case too soon or without some of the information about how these factors will impact your future, you could be setting yourself up for financial difficulty later. We work aggressively to protect your right to full compensation by helping you examine all of the potential losses you face, both now and in the near future. We will work with your doctors, too, to get a better understanding of what your losses are.
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You have suffered a serious injury, and you need someone by your side to help ensure you get the compensation owed to you. Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi PLC is available to help you. Set up a consultation with our team and speak to our Arlington pedestrian accident lawyer about the legal options available to you.
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