Pedestrian Accidents: Legal Rights and Recovery

Thousands of pedestrian incidents occur annually. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2022 report, they stated that there were 6,721 pedestrian fatalities, and there were more than 75,000 injuries. These figures speak to the importance of pedestrian safety and having a cursory understanding of your rights (and what you can do) if you are involved in one.

Pedestrian Rights in Alabama

Alabama’s laws protect pedestrians, and they acknowledge the risks they face on the roads. One of the most fundamental forms of protection is the pedestrian right of way in crosswalks and intersections. Drivers are legally required to exercise care around pedestrians. When a pedestrian is hit, the driver is often held accountable unless they can prove otherwise.
There are several different causes of accidents that involve pedestrians. These typically stem from drivers being distracted (texting), operating vehicles while intoxicated, and exceeding the posted speed limits. Regardless of the specific reason, these actions decrease drivers’ safety awareness and limit their ability to react. Environmental factors like inclement weather and inadequate pedestrian pathways also contribute to these accidents.

Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Victims

Injured pedestrians in Alabama may seek compensation for:

  • Medical Bills: This includes immediate and future medical expenses associated with the injuries sustained in the accident.
  • Lost Earnings: Compensation can cover lost income if the injuries prevented the victim from working.
  • Pain and Suffering: Not all the injuries that victims sustain can be seen, and this makes them difficult to quantify in terms of compensation. Your attorney will assess the physical and emotional trauma you endured from the accident and will seek appropriate compensation for them.
  • Punitive Damages: Punitive damages are distinct from compensatory damages. The latter speaks to compensation, and the former is connected with punishing those (and preventing others) who have acted with extreme negligence. These can be sought against the at-fault party.

When you are in an accident, seeking medical care is essential. It protects you (which should be your priority) and establishes a formal record of the injuries you received. If you can do so, you should report the incident to law enforcement and insurance providers and collect evidence, such as photos and eyewitness accounts. Promptly consulting with a personal injury attorney is advisable to navigate any subsequent legal hurdles and ensure you obtain appropriate compensation.

Importance of Legal Representation in Pedestrian Accident Cases

Pedestrian accident claims involve detailed legal procedures, including establishing fault, liaising with insurance firms, and court proceedings—if necessary. A proficient personal injury attorney is crucial in these situations. They assist in thoroughly assessing the case, representing the victim’s interests, and advocating for rightful compensation in negotiations and court.

Such legal support is instrumental in identifying comprehensive damages, ensuring claims include immediate financial losses and long-term repercussions like ongoing medical expenses and reduced earning potential.

Contact John M. Totten P.C.

John M. Totten P.C. is dedicated to assisting those affected by pedestrian accidents. Our team is skilled in personal injury cases and understands how drastically personal injuries can impact people (and their families). We provide empathetic and practical legal support and focus on protecting our client’s rights and securing the compensation they are entitled to.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact John M. Totten P.C. for a free case evaluation. We will review your situation, offer legal counsel, and propose a strategic approach tailored to your case. Let us guide you through your path to justice and recovery.

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