Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists often have to share the same roads. When motorists fail to obey traffic laws and pay attention to their surroundings, they may collide with pedestrians or cyclists causing catastrophic accidents. A human body is no match for a motor vehicle and pedestrian accident victims are often left with severe, life-changing injuries. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, read on to learn about your legal options.
Pedestrian Crashes Caused by Negligent Drivers
Part of being a responsible driver is remaining cautious of other people on the roads. Many pedestrian crashes are caused by distracted driving. Pedestrian accidents may occur because a driver is absorbed in his or her smartphone, looking down at the car’s GPS system, distracted by passengers, or simply daydreaming. Drivers intoxicated by alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications may also present dangers to pedestrians. Speeding, running a red light, or other traffic violations can result in devastating pedestrian injuries as well. If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian crash caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Seeking Justice and Reimbursement Through the Insurance Company
Drivers in Illinois must carry car insurance by law. If someone is struck by a car, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is usually the first place they seek compensation. Unfortunately, dealing with the auto insurance company can be confusing and frustrating – especially when recovering from a serious injury. Insurance companies may offer a very low payout or deny the driver’s liability for the accident. If an injured person cannot negotiate a reasonable settlement from the insurance company, the next step may be to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Personal injury lawsuits may result in the recovery of damages including, but not limited to:
Lost wages from missing work during recovery
Pain and suffering
A wrongful death lawsuit may be used to seek justice and monetary damages after a loved one is killed by a negligent driver. Wrongful death damages may include:
Funeral and burial expenses
Loss of a deceased loved one’s income
Loss of a deceased person’s companionship, love, and/or guidance
An experienced injury attorney can help you gather the evidence needed to bring a compelling injury claim or lawsuit, represent you throughout settlement negotiations, and represent you in court.
Contact a Crystal Lake Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one were hit by a car, contact the knowledgeable McHenry County car accident injury lawyers at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC. Call 815-338-3838 for a free consultation.