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 accidents 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.
Frequently Asked Pedestrian Accident Questions
What Should My First Steps Be?
If you’re a pedestrian who has been injured in a car crash in the state of Arizona, the first thing you need to do is make sure you take care of your health. Get to the medical providers you need to and do everything you can to get back to full strength as soon as possible.
Also, it’s important to get photographs of the scene, including the cars involved and the area where the accident happened, or have somebody else do that for you. One of the other things that you should do is hire an experienced attorney so that they can track down witnesses, deal with getting photographs, get the electronic data, and make sure that the evidence that’s needed is preserved.
It’s important that you also hire the right attorney to do that. Hire somebody who has dealt with pedestrian crashes, and makes this a regular focus of their practice. I always like to recommend that you get a trial attorney so that if an insurance company wants to go towards litigation, you’ve got an attorney who knows what they’re doing.
How Do I Pick the Right Attorney?
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in the state of Arizona, it’s important that you find the right attorney. Doing that can be difficult. You want to look at a couple of different things. You want to make sure that the attorney you hire has the experience to handle the case, has successfully handled those types of cases in the past, and that they focus on that type of personal injury claim.
Also, I would always recommend getting a trial attorney. That’s particularly true with a pedestrian accident. Get somebody who knows how to go to trial, is willing to go to trial, and will let the insurance company know right from the beginning that you are prepared to go to trial if that’s what you have to do to get a fair settlement.
What Mistakes Can I Avoid?
People that are involved in a pedestrian accident in the state of Arizona frequently make similar mistakes. One of the mistakes they make is talking to the driver’s insurance company, and giving recorded statements without council being present or involved. People make the mistake of not going to the doctors or getting the help they need to begin the healing process or they don’t follow doctors’ orders. Another common mistake is when they don’t hire an attorney to help them in the case, or they don’t hire them quickly enough to preserve the evidence that’s needed to appropriately handle the case.
The other mistake that’s made is they don’t hire the right attorney. They hire attorneys who don’t have a lot of experience in pedestrian crashes, or who don’t focus on personal injury. Lastly, they don’t hire trial attorneys who are willing to push the case as far as it needs to be pushed to get a fair resolution.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
If you’re a pedestrian who has been injured in the state of Arizona, you probably want to know how quickly your case can be resolved, and whether you’ll have to be one of the cases that goes to trial. That’s a question that’s going to be determined by what the insurance company does and if they make fair offers. We will do everything we can to get them the information they need so that they can make a fair offer. If they refuse to make a fair offer, your case could be one that has to go to trial in order to get you fully compensated.
How Much is My Case Worth?
Determining the value of a pedestrian injury in the state of Arizona is very difficult initially because there’s so much information that we don’t know. We need to know about your medical care and how long it’s lasting, how it’s working, and how much better it’s getting you. We need to know what future care you’re going to need and how that’s going to impact you. Lastly, we need to know how the pain and general discomfort is affecting you on a daily basis.
Can I Afford an Attorney?
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be asking yourself, “How am I going to get back to work? How am I going to pay my medical bills? How am I going to afford an attorney?” The good news is, when you hire us, we pay all the expenses to get the case ready, whether it’s through settlement or through trial, and you don’t owe us anything until we get a successful resolution of your case.
Do I Have to Talk to the Insurance Company?
If you’re a pedestrian in the state of Arizona and you were hit by a car, the car insurance company will call you and ask you for a recorded statement. I’m asked regularly, “Do I have to give that recorded statement?” I generally tell people I would not give a recorded statement without talking to an attorney first. The reason I say that is because the insurance companies have people taking those recorded statements who are trained to get information that helps their case and hurts your case.
How Long Will My Case Take?
If someone has been involved in a pedestrian accident in the state of Arizona, they’ll always ask how long it is going to take to get their case resolved. I have a hard time giving an answer to that initially. We have to work through a little bit of a process to see what the injuries are, and what the impact of those injuries are. You need to spend some time with the medical doctors and get the treatment you need and see if that’s working, and what the limitations are going to be.
Once we have a good understanding of that, we can get a demand to the insurance company to try to resolve the case fairly. If they come back and make a fair offer or want to resolve the case in a fair manner, we can get it resolved. If they won’t make that kind of an offer and they want to give something that’s not fair, it’s going to take more time to get the case resolved.
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.