As a pedestrian, you take a leap of faith every time you head out in the city. While motorists are required to drive safely and look out for those on foot, many are distracted, speeding, drunk, or driving recklessly putting you at high risk of suffering life-altering injuries in an accident.
Fortunately, if you were injured on the road, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses by filing either a first- or third-party personal injury claim. However, as this is likely the first time you’ve had to prepare a claim, you probably have more than a few questions about this process and what to expect in the weeks ahead. In this article, we answer a few of the most common questions about pedestrian accidents and explain how a lawyer may be able to assist during this challenging chapter of your life.
1. How Much Is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
Michigan is a no-fault insurance state; as such, if you’re struck by a motorist while walking, you have two avenues to recover compensation for your losses. Firstly, you could claim against your own auto insurance for damages such as medical bills, lost earnings, and replacement services. Secondly, you may be able to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer to receive compensation for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, and the other ways in which your injuries have affected your quality of life. A skilled personal injury attorney can review your case to determine which damages may be available in your situation and help approximate the value of such losses.
2. What Are Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
While motorists are expected to be vigilant while driving to ensure the safety of pedestrians and other road users, accidents frequently occur on Detroit’s streets. Common causes include drivers running red lights, texting and driving, speeding, and drunk driving. However, many accidents are the result of the pedestrian’s negligence, with a large portion of pedestrian accidents involving a pedestrian who is under the influence of alcohol.
3. Should I Hire an Attorney to Assist with My Case?
If you’re planning to file a personal injury claim you may be considering hiring an attorney to assist with your case. While, technically, you could take on this challenging task by yourself, it may be unwise to do so as it takes just one misstep to bring your case crashing down. Not only can an attorney help investigate the accident and gather the necessary evidence to prove your claim, but he or she can also oversee all correspondence with opposing parties and provide tenacious representation throughout proceedings.
Discuss Your Case with a Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Detroit
Were you injured on the road? It may be in your best interests to discuss your case with a skilled pedestrian accident attorney. At Seva Law Firm, our legal team is ready to grab the reins, handling the logistics of your case so you can focus on your recovery and other matters. To schedule a free consultation, reach out to us today at (248) 385-5704 or by sending us a message via our contact form HERE.