If you are a pedestrian who was hit by a car, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. To pursue that compensation, you will need to file a claim or lawsuit against the driver who hit you. A car accident lawyer from our firm can help you do this. Taking legal action can not only help you hold the responsible party accountable for their carelessness, but it could also get you much-needed financial recovery.
You Have the Right to Sue After an Accident Due to Negligence
If you were hit by a reckless or careless driver, you have the right to recover your losses. According to Page 5 of a report released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 76,000 pedestrians were injured, and 6,205 were killed in the U.S. in 2019. Alcohol often plays a role in such accidents, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If there is evidence that the driver was intoxicated or participating in other negligent behaviors behind the wheel when they hit you, we can use it to build your case. Even if the driver did not intend to harm anyone with their actions, they are responsible for driving safely to avoid causing accidents.
Our team wants to investigate the accident and help prove that the negligent driver is responsible for your damages.
How to File a Lawsuit with a Car Accident Lawyer’s Help
Once you have received all necessary medical care after an accident, you may want to consider reaching out for legal help. Our firm will evaluate your case at no charge or obligation. We do this to make it easy for you to get a feel for our team’s style and learn how we may help you.
Once you hire our law firm, we can take responsibility for all aspects of your case, including:
- Notifying the liable party: Your car accident lawyer will let the reckless driver and their representatives know that you are filing a lawsuit.
- Gathering evidence: Police reports, witness statements, surveillance footage, and other evidence can strengthen your case for damages.
- Filing paperwork: Choosing the wrong form or filling out a form incorrectly could end your case prematurely. Your lawyer can handle all paperwork for you.
- Meeting with the insurance company: Your attorney will represent you in negotiations with the liable party’s insurer and fight for appropriate compensation.
- Going to court: It is not always necessary to go to court. However, if your case goes to trial, count on your lawyer to represent you, and argue on your behalf.
- Keeping you informed: Your lawyer will update you regularly about your case’s progress so you can make informed legal decisions throughout your suit.
We offer these services for a contingency fee, which means we charge you nothing if you don’t receive compensation from the liable party.
Seeking the Compensation You Need
How much money can a pedestrian who was hit by a car recover? A lawyer from our team can review the case with you and help you figure that out. One important step is to divide your losses and injuries into two categories, as follows:
Car accidents can cost you a lot of money due to:
- Loss of wages: You were not well enough to do your job for days, weeks, or longer after the accident.
- Loss of employment: You lost your job, you can no longer work in your chosen profession, or you can no longer work at all.
- Medical expenses: Your injuries required treatment immediately after the accident or will require long-term treatment for years to come.
- Miscellaneous expenses: For example, you need extra help (e.g., from a housekeeper, a babysitter, a dog walker, and so on) to do things you used to do yourself.
If you experienced financial losses similar to those listed above, you could qualify for economic damages.
After a car accident, your physical and psychological health may suffer due to:
- Scarring: You have easily noticeable or physically painful scar tissue.
- Disability: A pre-existing disability worsened, or you were diagnosed with a new disability.
- Reduced quality of life: You can no longer perform essential activities like cooking, bathing, or dressing by yourself.
- Loss of consortium: Your relationship with your spouse has suffered because of your injuries.
If the accident affected your well-being in ways similar to those described above, you may be eligible for non-economic damages.
Damages for Wrongful Death
If your loved one was struck and killed by a car, you may be eligible for additional damages, including:
- Loss of companionship: You must learn to live without the comfort and guidance that your loved one once provided.
- Funeral expenses: You had to cover your loved one’s burial and other end-of-life expenses.
- Loss of financial support: Without your loved one’s income, it is much more difficult for you to support yourself and your family.
A car accident attorney from our firm can help you whether you have a personal injury or wrongful death case.
Let Us Provide a Free Case Review
Our lawyers stand ready to help accident victims get compensation, including pedestrians who were hit by a car. The Morris Bart law office has 16 locations throughout Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. For a free case evaluation with our team, call us at (800) 537-8185.
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