When a car or truck face off against a pedestrian, the car or truck will win every time. It is no contest. The vehicle is a couple of thousand pounds of steel moving at speed, where the pedestrian is at best a couple of hundred pounds of soft flesh and brittle bones.
So, what happens after a car vs. pedestrian accident? What is the recourse, what are the likely injuries, what can you do if you have been hit by a car or truck?
First, you can and should reach out to a lawyer who specializes in car accident claims. Even discounting for the moment personal injury issues, you are going to be in the fight of your life dealing with medical professionals, powers of attorney, possible financial trust concerns, and of course, insurance company adjusters.
Assuming you have the ability to react to the situation on your own, which is the best potential outcome, considering the alternatives, you have the right to sue for damages to yourself, your property, and included in those is the loss of function and current and future earnings.
The scope of your options and what you might be able to gain in compensation for them may sound like a lot, but in reality, you are going to be affected by this accident for the rest of your life.
Brain Injuries, Spinal Injuries, Bone Fractures, Amputations, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and other injuries are common in these situations. You very well may end up with lifetime care costs that surprise you. In fact, you might have been in your accident a couple of months ago and still not realize the total impact the accident will have on your employment potential, your financial security, and your lifestyle as you age.
We have covered in this blog how insurance companies often actively try to get you to settle for less than you should be owed. We have also covered possible injuries in a car accident, and what you should look for in a car-accident attorney. We truly believe that if you are better informed of your options, you will make better choices in how to move forward through challenging times.
If you have questions about a potential claim, or how you can protect yourself from insurance agencies pushing you to settle, reach out to us today.