Accidents involving pedestrians can be devastating, resulting in severe bodily injuries or even death. Pedestrian accidents are typically caused by cars, usually due to the driver’s negligence in the form of distracted, reckless or drunk driving. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you might be entitled to financial compensation.
In some cases, it may be difficult to determine who was at fault for the accident without the help of an attorney, and the driver and their insurance company may want to blame you for not paying attention or crossing the street improperly. A Boulder pedestrian accident lawyer who has experience handling these complex matters insurance could protect your rights and recover the damages you need to heal from your injuries, both physically and emotionally.
A driver’s duty while on the road is to drive reasonably and responsibly. This duty extends not only to other drivers, but to pedestrians as well. Pedestrians must also adhere to certain laws, such as not crossing in the middle of the street. Colorado Revised Statutes Section 42-4-801-808 defines the duties of both pedestrians and automobile drivers.
When attempting to establish liability in a pedestrian accident claim, many factors need to be examined. The driver’s actions will be one of the most important factors, and a Boulder attorney could investigate the situation to prove that they were driving drunk, speeding, or did not have their eyes on the road when the crash occurred. In some cases, the driver does not need to have violated a traffic law to be found liable.
The pedestrian’s actions will be looked at as well. If the pedestrian is found partially responsible for the accident, a court may reduce or even deny damages.
Though the driver’s insurance company may compensate pedestrians who are injured in an accident of this nature, the compensation may not be enough to cover all expenses associated with one’s injuries. An insurance company’s primary goal is to pay as little as possible, and they may use any excuse to blame the pedestrian for the collision. An experienced Boulder pedestrian accident attorney who knows how to combat these companies could be a valuable advocate in these cases.
A pedestrian may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages in a pedestrian accident claim. Monetary damages are more easily proven and may include all medical bills past, current, and future, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and even psychotherapy costs. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, shock, disfigurement, and loss of consortium. These damages are subjective and harder to prove.
A pedestrian may be hit by a driver who flees the scene of the accident. While these cases are challenging, a pedestrian may still be able to recover compensation for the injuries they sustained. A Boulder pedestrian accident attorney could find all available evidence to prove the driver’s identity, such as security cameras that might have caught the driver on video or witnesses who could provide a physical description.
Whether you sustained severe or mild injuries in a pedestrian accident, you are entitled to compensation. A Boulder pedestrian accident lawyer could negotiate with insurance companies, investigate all evidence in your case, and help you recover fair compensation for your injuries. Call our firm today to set up an initial evaluation of your case.