Arizona Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
When we step outside, we often do not expect anything to happen to us. You have probably had pedestrian safety tips hammered into your head since elementary school. Sometimes that is not enough. When you are injured because you were hit by a vehicle while walking, you may be eligible for a pedestrian accident claim. These accident can cause severe injuries that could affect you for the rest of your life. We want you to know how sorry we are that this has happened to you and that you will be in good hands with us. It is normal to feel angry and scared, but we will take the stress of a case off of your shoulders so that you can focus on healing and getting better. Read about your case, then give us a call to set up your free consultation.
Following the Statute of Limitations
In Arizona, for personal injury cases like pedestrian accidents, you have two years from the date of your accident to either bring your claim or to settle it in civil court. While this might initially seem like a long time to take legal action, it is not advised to wait to talk to an attorney. There are a lot of legal steps that need to be taken in order for your case to be strong and ready to win so you want to make sure you are not delaying talking to an attorney. They will make sure everything is happening at a pace that will keep you protected and also give you the best result possible. If you try to bring a claim the day after your two years runs out, you will be barred from receiving compensation altogether. There is nothing we can do if you miss the deadline. That is why we encourage you to call us as soon as you can.
How Pedestrian Accident Compensation Works
Arizona has compensation laws that allow you to receive compensation even if you are mostly at fault for the accident. If you have been found to be 100% at fault for the accident, then you cannot receive compensation but if you are 1% – 99% at fault, then you will be able to get an award, it will just be reduced. For example, if you were walking and you checked your phone while crossing at a crosswalk, you might be found partially responsible for the accident. If you have been hypothetically deemed 10% at fault for your accident, your award will be reduced by 10%.
Most Common Injuries
After your accident, you may have a lot of adrenaline in your body that will probably mask your pain. You should never ignore the pain once the adrenaline runs out. Seeking medical attention is so very important. These accidents have the potential to change your life forever because of the severity of the injuries that are so common. The most frequent pedestrian injuries include:
- Broken bones or factures
- Cuts and lacerations
- Concussion or contusions
- Traumatic brain injury
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Internal organ damage
Make sure that you see a medical professional after the accident as soon as possible. If you were knocked unconscious at the scene and whisked away on an ambulance, you’ll be taken to the emergency. You may also choose to go to the emergency room if you’re conscious. You also have the option of going to the urgent care or to your primary physician. Just make sure that you go.
Important First Steps
If you are able to stay on the scene and wait for the police arrive, there are a few things that you should do to ensure that you are going to have the strongest case possible. You will be wanting to get the insurance information from the person who hit you as well as the contact information from any and all witnesses to the accident. They will be able to help you with strengthening your case later on. Also, it may be beneficial to get photos of your injuries, the scene, any debris from the accident, and the vehicle that hit you. If you are unable to personally do this, you can call on a friend, family member, or even our experienced attorney to go in there and collect this evidence on your behalf.
Call Our Arizona Pedestrian Accident Attorney
When you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you may feel anxious about the medical bills adding up, the time you have had to miss from work, and the fact that you may be permanently affected by the injuries you are suffering. Our Arizona pedestrian accident attorney will get to work for you right away to make sure your rights are protected and that you are on track to receive the largest possible amount of compensation.