A pedestrian accident is one of the most harrowing and life-altering events a person can experience. Your life truly changes in a second, and the effects of that single second can last a lifetime.
A single second and a single act of negligence has the potential to alter another person’s life forever. A normal day going for a walk can end with severe injuries and the responsibility to pay for costly medical bills. Additionally, the severe injuries that are often caused by pedestrian accidents can contribute to lost wages, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other effects. At Goodman Acker P.C., our Grand Rapids pedestrian accident lawyers help injury victims combat these adverse effects by recovering just compensation.
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Pedestrian accidents often result in severe — and even catastrophic — injury to the pedestrian, and usually little or no injury to the negligent driver. In almost every pedestrian accident case, the impact of being hit by a car has the potential to injure a victim in a life-altering way.
A pedestrian accident may result in injuries such as:
Liability for pedestrian accidents most often falls on the driver. Pedestrians have their own responsibilities to walk safely and be aware of hazards, but accountability ultimately is on the driver to watch the road and react to any potential dangers, such as a pedestrian.
It’s possible that a third party could be liable for a pedestrian accident. For example, a city could be at fault if they failed to install a crosswalk in an area that is known to be dangerous to pedestrians. This is just one example of the many different factors that can cause pedestrian accidents.
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Although most pedestrian accident cases are the result of driver negligence, it is possible for the injured pedestrian to be liable for their injuries. Although rare, a pedestrian could be considered partially at fault for their injuries if their own negligent behavior contributed to the accident. For example, a pedestrian may be considered responsible for their own injuries if they were jaywalking, were using a cell phone at the time of the accident, or were walking in an area where pedestrians are prohibited.
Although car insurance is generally associated with car accident coverage, pedestrian accidents should be covered too. Most car insurance policies include some type of bodily injury coverage or personal injury protection, which should provide a payment to pedestrian accident victims.
However, it is possible that your claim will be denied. As is true in any motor vehicle accident case, the insurance company may not readily pay your claim and can make attempts to undervalue your coverage. In these cases, further legal action may be necessary.
The Goodman Acker P.C. legal team is committed to helping pedestrian accident injury victims recover the compensation they deserve, so you can begin the process of recovering from your accident — physically, financially, and emotionally. We understand the extensive negative impact of a pedestrian accident and can provide support and legal knowledge throughout your case.
For a free case evaluation from our Grand Rapids pedestrian accident attorneys, call (248) 286-8100 or send us a message.
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