How Can an Attorney Help a Pedestrian Struck by a Motor Vehicle?
Motor vehicle accidents which involve pedestrians often have result in serious, if not life-threatening injuries. Pedestrians can suffer serious injuries even if the car, SUV or truck were traveling at relative low speeds. Of course, if a vehicle is going fast, the results can be catastrophic, often resulting in death.
The following pedestrian accident statistics are provided by the New Mexico Traffic Safety Commission from 2013:
- A bicyclist or pedestrian was involved in an accident every three hours.
- A pedestrian was killed in an accident every four days.
- There were 2,038 pedestrians injured or killed in collision with 75 deaths, 337 serious injuries and 1,594 injuries classified as minor.
- There were 1,269 bicyclists injured or killed in collisions including 12 deaths, 110 serious injuries and 1,139 minor injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries, medical costs and any lost wages.
Ron Bell injury lawyers are located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and are waiting to assist you with a claim if you’ve been injured. It is essential to contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney immediately after the accident to determine fault. At times drivers are driving drunk, high on illegal drugs, distracted or speeding. Other times, pedestrians are at fault for crossing the street against traffic or a bicyclist is at fault for running a red light. Since each accident is unique, an accident investigation will determine fault.
The police will perform an investigation and their report is important. However, a personal injury attorney may also employ an accident investigator who can interview the ambulance company, witnesses and investigate previous accidents on the same road. The insurance company may also investigate the accident and create a report for their records. It is important that all evidence including photographs, witness statements and medical care be collated if a claim is to be made. Accident reports, witnesses and medical records all combined will help to determine fault and damages. A personal injury attorney can represent the bicycle or pedestrian accident victim to make sure their rights are protected.