Unlike the occupants of motor vehicles, pedestrians do not have an outer barrier or shell that surrounds them if they fall to the ground in an accident. Rather, a pedestrian is directly exposed to their surrounding environment and stands to suffer serious injuries in a pedestrian accident scenario.
Most of the time, pedestrian accidents happen when drivers fail to watch the road attentively or make other mistakes. If you recently sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident, you may recover monetary compensation and damages. Those damages compensate you for your accident-related losses and make you whole again.
When it comes time to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver, always have a skilled legal team advocating for you every step of the way.
The experienced and compassionate Huntsville pedestrian accident lawyers at McCutcheon & Hamner can prepare and file a personal injury insurance claim or a lawsuit on your behalf. We handle all communications and settlement negotiations with insurance company representatives and, if necessary, litigate your case to a favorable and efficient resolution in court.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Huntsville pedestrian accident attorney, please consult our legal team directly as soon as possible.
Call us at (256)448-8523 today to schedule an appointment with our Huntsville pedestrian Accident Attorneys.
When seeking the legal representation you need following a pedestrian accident, you want the best possible legal team on your side advocating for you every step of the way. In that regard, look no further than the experienced Huntsville personal injury attorneys at McCutcheon & Hamner.
Our aggressive legal team has the knowledge and skills to pursue the favorable monetary damages you deserve for your pedestrian accident injuries and other losses.
In addition, we are not afraid to file a lawsuit and litigate your case in the court system if that step becomes necessary. Our team can aggressively fight for your legal rights and recover the fair and full monetary compensation you deserve for your injuries. Let us recover the compensation you need right away.
How Much Is My Huntsville Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
The total value of a pedestrian accident claim or lawsuit depends on the specific injuries the accident victim suffered, how the accident happened, the medical treatment the accident victim underwent, and the cost of all related medical treatment.
Also, to be eligible for monetary compensation in a pedestrian accident case, the accident victim must first satisfy their legal burden of proof. For example, they must demonstrate that the at-fault driver did something wrong under the circumstances.
Most of the time, the driver must have violated one or more traffic laws or otherwise drove carelessly or recklessly. Next, the Injured pedestrian must demonstrate that their accident injuries occurred because of the driver’s negligence.
To satisfy your legal burden of proof and make you eligible for monetary damages, we may retain one or more experts who can testify as witnesses in your case. For example, an accident reconstructionist can formulate an opinion about how the accident happened after reviewing police reports, witness statements, and other pertinent information.
Similarly, a treating medical provider can serve as a medical expert in your case. That expert can also testify, based on a reasonable degree of medical probability, that your injury or injuries are directly related to the pedestrian accident.
A medical expert can also establish whether you deserve compensation for a permanent injury or disability.
You can recover various types of damages upon satisfying the legal burden of proving your pedestrian accident claim or lawsuit.
First, you can receive monetary damages for all your past and anticipated medical costs. Additionally, if you missed work time to recover from your injuries or attend medical appointments, you can claim lost income.
If you had to take a lower-paying job or switch careers because of your injuries, you can pursue a successful claim for loss of earning capacity.
In addition to these various out-of-pocket costs, pedestrian accident victims might recover compensation for their intangible losses, including monetary damages for their inconvenience, lost quality of life, loss of the ability to use a body part, mental anguish, past and future pain and suffering, loss of spousal consortium and companionship, lifetime care costs, and permanent disability or disfigurement.
Our legal team can give you a ballpark estimate of the total settlement or verdict value of your pedestrian accident case, allowing you to develop realistic expectations. We can then file the appropriate claim or lawsuit on your behalf so that you can recover the full monetary compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Where Do Pedestrian Accidents Frequently Happen in Huntsville?
Pedestrian accidents can occur anywhere pedestrians and negligent drivers are in the same location. In the downtown Huntsville area, pedestrian accidents are especially common at traffic intersections, including those equipped with pedestrian control devices and crosswalks.
Accidents in these locations typically happen when drivers negligently fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are lawfully present in a crosswalk.
Pedestrian accidents may also occur near sidewalks, parking lots, and parking garages throughout Huntsville. Pedestrian accidents in parking lots/garages typically occur when drivers fail to use their mirrors and backup cameras when pulling out of a parking spot.
In these instances, a negligent driver may cause their vehicle to back directly into a pedestrian, causing them to fall on the ground and suffer serious injuries.
You are not alone if you recently suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident in one of these locations. Our knowledgeable legal team can answer your questions and lead you every step of the way in recovering the monetary compensation you need and deserve.
Common Causes of Huntsville Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents in the Huntsville region are especially common when drivers are negligent. One common form of negligence is violating the standard traffic laws in Alabama.
Common violations that can lead to pedestrian accidents include:
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at the proper time (especially near crosswalks).
- Failing to use rear-view mirrors and backup cameras when pulling out of the parking spaces.
Pedestrian accidents may also happen when drivers exhibit aggressive driving behaviors or road rage near intersections. For example, a driver might hurry through a traffic intersection and run a red light, negligently striking a pedestrian who lawfully entered a crosswalk.
Another common cause of pedestrian accidents in Huntsville is distracted driving or failing to watch the road attentively. When drivers fail to pay sufficient attention to the road by combing their hair, applying makeup, and focusing on electronic devices like cell phones or GPS, they might fail to notice a pedestrian and crash into them.
Finally, some pedestrian accidents occur because of illegally intoxicated drivers. A passenger vehicle driver with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 percent is legally intoxicated.
These drivers typically experience physical symptoms, including blurred vision, which might prevent them from even seeing a nearby pedestrian. Alternatively, an intoxicated driver might experience delayed reflexes or reaction time, preventing them from applying the brakes on their vehicle in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
If you sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident due to a driver’s negligence, key support is available. Our skilled legal team can meet with you to discuss your accident circumstances and develop a plan of action for moving your case forward. We can file a claim or a lawsuit in the court system to seek the full monetary recovery you deserve for your injuries.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Victims of pedestrian accidents may suffer extremely serious injuries, especially if they land on a hard surface with a significant amount of force. The specific injuries that an individual may suffer in a pedestrian accident will depend on the force of the collision, the surface where they land, and the way they land on the ground.
In some cases, pedestrian accident victims will suffer permanent injuries (for example, full or partial paralysis) requiring ongoing medical treatment, physical therapy, and other care. An accident victim might also need to undergo one or more surgeries or other medical procedures following their accident.
Some of the most common injuries a pedestrian accident victim might suffer include bone fractures, soft tissue injuries, rib fractures, mouth and teeth injuries, road rash, internal organ damage, traumatic head and brain injuries, internal bleeding, and death.
If you suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, our legal team can gather your medical records, medical bills, and other pertinent documentation in your case. We can assemble these documents into a settlement demand package and present them to the insurance company after completing your medical treatment.
Fighting the Insurance Company After a Pedestrian Accident in Huntsville
Fighting the insurance company following a Huntsville pedestrian accident is often an uphill battle. This is because insurance companies have absolutely no incentive to compensate you fairly for your accident-related injuries.
In fact, just the opposite is true.
Insurance companies will do everything possible to undervalue a pedestrian accident victim’s legal claim and offer them as little monetary damages as possible. The insurance company might even argue that one or more of the accident victim’s claimed injuries are pre-existing or that the accident victim is faking or exaggerating them.
When taking on the insurance company directly, our legal team has your back. We can aggressively fight for your interests during all settlement negotiations with insurance company adjusters. We can also point to relevant medical records, including expert reports, to convince the insurance company adjuster to increase their settlement offer.
If that does not happen, we can inform the insurance company we plan to initiate litigation and possibly take your case all the way to a civil jury trial when necessary. We can weigh your decision on whether to accept a pending settlement offer from the insurance company or take your case to court.
The bottom line is that our legal team at McCutcheon & Hamner is ready to do what it takes to obtain justice for you.
Steps to Take After Suffering Injuries in a Huntsville Pedestrian Accident
After suffering injuries in a pedestrian accident, always complete all recommended medical procedures and treatment. For example, you might need to consult with a primary care doctor, medical specialist, or other treatment provider.
You may also need to undergo a surgical procedure for your injuries. Completing all your medical treatment shows the insurance company that your injuries are serious and that you deserve to recover favorable compensation.
In addition to undergoing the medical treatment you need, you must retain copies of all pertinent documents in your case and forward those documents to us. Important case documents may include copies of police reports, medical treatment records, medical bills, injury photographs, lost income documentation from your employer, and photographs of the accident scene.
After your medical treatment concludes or you know your future prognosis of lasting injuries, we can assemble a settlement package and supporting documents, forward that package to the insurance company, and begin negotiating the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.
McCutcheon & Hamner can compile the most persuasive case possible for the full compensation you need. Let us begin working for you today.
Call an Experienced Huntsville Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Right Away
If you recently suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, seek the legal representation and support you need right away.
At McCutcheon & Hamner, our legal team works to recover the monetary compensation you deserve in your case by aggressively fighting for your legal rights and interests. We want you to receive a settlement check whenever possible, but we do not shy away from litigation when necessary for our clients.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Huntsville pedestrian accident attorney, please call us at (256) 448-8523 or contact us online right away.