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Proving Your Case in Pedestrian Accidents

Victims of auto/pedestrian accidents have one common factor:  the injuries sustained are often much worse than in a car-on-car collision.  At a minimum we see severe back strains or soft tissue injuries requiring lengthy chiropractic treatment or physical therapy.  More common is broken bones, road rash, facial scarring, spinal cord injury, brain injury and even wrongful death. Some cases don't actually involve contact with a vehicle but simply are caused by a miss-and-run driver who may have been unaware that he or she even caused an accident.  Funds may be available to victims even if the driver cannot be located.

In addition to recovering the maximum amount for your personal injuries, a good attorney should assist in the day-to-day problems that arise, assist you with submission of medical claims, applying for restitution and seeking victim's compensation. A lawyer can help you get access to medical care if your own insurer refuses coverage or if you have no health insurance. This can be done through liens with medical providers or through pre-paid medical services.  If you were hit by a drunk or intoxicated driver, you might be eligible for victim's compensation funds or even criminal restitution. An attorney can also help you deal with lost wages, lost earnings or lost earning capacity caused by a lengthy inability to work.

Since injuries are so severe in pedestrian collisions there is often not enough money to pay for all of the medical bills let alone the lost income from a prolonged work absence due to injuries or treatment. Many people do not realize that their own automobile insurance may provide additional coverage for personal injuries sustained in these types of accidents.  Further, there may be additional coverage available through insurance policies belonging to resident relatives of either the negligent driver or even the victim.  It is often necessary to consult with an attorney to have your right to this additional coverage explained.

Many pedestrian accidents occur under similar circumstances.  Some of the most common include:

•  Accidents in crosswalks, private driveways or coming out of an alley.

•  Collisions with children in school zones or around a school bus.

•  Elderly pedestrians in parking lots.

•  Claims against drunk drivers, hit-and-run drivers and miss-and-run drivers.

•  Injuries suffered by flaggers and road workers in construction zones.

This website is not meant to serve as legal advice of any kind and is only intended for informational, educational, and entertainment purposes only. As Personal Injury Law varies from state to state we recommend you seek legal advice from an attorney or law firm in your state. The information used on this website is copyrighted and used with permission by Dallas Norton, Esq. Denver's Personal Injury Attorney serving personal injury victims in Denver Metro Area and all of Colorado