If you were seriously hurt after getting hit while walking, you may be worried about your finances. Here is what you need to know about recovering pedestrian accident compensation and how our lawyer can help you get it.
Recovering Pedestrian Accident Compensation | Can I Get Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault?
The biggest question most people have when they’ve been struck by a car as a pedestrian crossing a highway in Virginia is, “Can I be found to be at fault in that collision?” Now, the simple answer is anybody can be at fault, and if you don’t have the evidence to back you up, you have a severe handicap in being able to make a successful recovery in that type of case. The way to establish what happened in the accident is to make a quick investigation of the scene and to look at the damage patterns on the vehicle, which are usually indicative. For example, the higher up the injury victim’s body imprint is on the vehicle, the faster the vehicle can be determined to be going at the time of the crash.
The second thing to look at is the electronic data from the black box in the vehicle. If you can get to that quickly enough – and I’m talking oftentimes as quickly as within 48 hours after the accident occurs – and retain an attorney in that time to help you, you might be able to save that electronic data and prove from that when the brake was struck and what the positions of the vehicle were at that point, compared to the skid marks in the road to show that that vehicle was speeding and that it was disregarding you as a person in the right of way of the intersection at the time of the crash.
Recovering Pedestrian Accident Compensation | How Much is My Case Worth?
When I’m asked by client what the value of their pedestrian auto collision case is worth in Virginia, I tell them quite honestly that those cases, although they’re difficult to prove in the manner of how the crash occurred, usually carry higher value, simply because the injuries are often much worse. We’ll determine the value of your pedestrian injury claim, in large part, by how bad the conduct was of the car that hit you. We’ve had cases where people have been killed as a result of a collision. Obviously, that’s a huge value case.
When pedestrians are struck and fractures are caused to bones in their body, those are very severe cases, and the value, accordingly, is far higher. When you have less severe injuries, for example a muscle strain or a pulled ligament, that can readily heal itself with time, those have less value than the more severe injuries we just described. The severity of the injury determines what the value of your case is, but more important than all of that is how bad the conduct of the driver that hit you was. If we can establish through careful investigation of the scene of the collision that that person violated an important safety rule and endangered the community, that can add up value in your case substantially.
If you need an experienced Virginia pedestrian accident attorney, please call our office to set up a free consultation with Michael Strong today and learn how he can get you pedestrian accident compensation.