Pedestrian Injuries FAQ

Kim Welch Law Is Prepared To Represent You For Your Personal Injury Claim

As a personal injury lawyer in Colorado Springs, Kim Welch has the experience necessary to fight for your pedestrian injury claim. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 76,000 pedestrians were injured in the U.S. in 2019. Unfortunately, the amount of pedestrian injuries has increased significantly over the years. If you are ever involved in an accident, it is important to understand your rights for compensation as a pedestrian. We have compiled a list of some of the most common questions we receive about pedestrian injuries to help you better understand the aspects of a pedestrian injury claim.

What Is A Pedestrian Accident?

Pedestrian accidents involve a pedestrian being hit by another object. This can be a car, someone on a bicycle, or even a horse.

What Are The Main Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents?
In 2017, the NHTSA conducted a study and found that the main causes of pedestrian accidents were poor visibility, crossing an intersection improperly, being under the influence, being distracted by mobile phones, and pedestrians failing to yield the right of way.
If I Am Involved In A Pedestrian Accident, What Should I Do?

If you are injured as a pedestrian, it is important to take the following steps:

  1. DO NOT admit any fault or liability.
  2. Call the police.
    1. If you are able to do so safely, contact the police and report the accident. Make sure to get a copy of the accident report or a reference number for the accident report, as this will be extremely helpful when it comes to building your case.
  3. Document the accident.
    1. If you are able to do so safely, it is important to collect as much information as possible about the scene of the accident. This includes everything from gathering statements from bystanders to taking photographs of the scene.
  4. Seek medical attention.
    1. Pedestrian accidents are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injuries. Even if you feel fine, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible to make sure you are okay. Do not forget to ask your doctor for a copy of your medical records.
  5. Contact a pedestrian accident attorney.
    1. Make sure to call an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able. You want to give your lawyer as much time as possible to build your case.
If I Feel Fine, Is It Necessary To See A Doctor?

Even if you feel fine and do not see any external injuries, it is crucial to seek medical attention. Pedestrian accidents can cause serious internal injuries; it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible. Remember to ask for a copy of all of your medical records.

How Will I Pay My Medical Bills?

If the person who hit you is found to be at fault for the accident, then their insurance company should take care of your medical bills. Unfortunately, resolving a personal injury claim can take longer than your health providers are willing to wait. Depending on your insurance policies, your insurance company may pay your medical bills until the other person’s insurance company is able to provide a reimbursement. If you don’t have insurance, your personal injury lawyer can help you search for alternative ways to pay your bills until the at-fault party pays for the claim; that way you are not out of pocket waiting for the settlement.

What Type Of Compensation Can I Receive For My Injuries?
You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost current and future earnings, pain and suffering, emotional turmoil, and permanent disabilities.
Where Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?

Pedestrian accidents can occur anywhere. This includes sidewalks, parking lots, outdoor shopping malls, and public parks.

Is A Driver Always At Fault For A Pedestrian Accident?
No, drivers are not automatically found responsible for pedestrian accidents. While drivers have a certain responsibility to yield to pedestrians, it is impossible for drivers to anticipate when a pedestrian may suddenly walk outside the bounds of a crosswalk.
Do I Have A Case If I Was Not In A Crosswalk?

Every accident is unique, but you may still have a case even if you were illegally crossing the street, although it is much more difficult if you are even partially at fault. The person who hit you still had a duty to watch out for other cars and pedestrians.

How Long Does A Pedestrian Injury Case Last?
Every personal injury claim is unique, and each one takes a different amount of time to resolve. The length of your case depends on the severity of your injuries, the circumstances of your accident, and the insurance company of the person who is at fault.
If I Have A Regular Lawyer, Do I Need A Separate Lawyer For My Pedestrian Injury Claim?

Yes, it is important to have a lawyer represent your case who understands the ins and outs of personal injury claims. Personal injury claims are unique, and require the knowledge of a lawyer who practices in this field.

Why Is It Important To Have A Pedestrian Accident Attorney Represent My Case?

When you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you want to have a professional on your side who understands all of the components of a pedestrian injury claim. With Kim Welch Law representing your case, our team will gather evidence, file all legal paperwork, discuss every decision thoroughly with you, and fight for any compensation you deserve.

Is There A Statute Of Limitations For Pedestrian Accidents?

Yes. In Colorado, you must file a personal injury claim within three years of the accident. In Nevada, the statute of limitations for a pedestrian accident claim is two years from the date the accident occurred. There may be other shorter deadlines as well if your claim is against a governmental entity.

Is It Possible To Settle My Case Outside Of Court?

While it is impossible to predict how your case will unfold, it is possible to settle these types of cases outside of court. In fact, ninety to ninety-five percent of pedestrian accident cases are settled before filing a lawsuit in court.

Hire An Experienced Pedestrian Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has suffered pedestrian injuries, it is important to contact Kim Welch Law as soon as possible. The sooner you contact our office, the more time we will have to gather evidence and build your pedestrian injury case. We understand how overwhelming and confusing the process of a personal injury claim can be, which is why our team is here to support you and fight for your case!

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