Salt Lake City Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrian accidents are often devastating and life-changing. Victims frequently experience severe injuries that prevent them from working and engaging in their normal activities. Additionally, their injuries usually require extended periods of costly medical treatment. Fortunately, a Salt Lake City pedestrian accident lawyer can help victims seek justice through compensation for their losses.FREE CONSULTATION
Why Choose Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers?
Our Experience Makes the Difference
Strong Law is a firm that dedicates all its efforts and resources to recovering maximum compensation for its clients. Our pedestrian accident lawyers have proven track records of accessing significant compensation sums for injury victims and can potentially help you get the payout you need to cover your losses.
Choosing Strong Law means choosing a firm with:
- An unparalleled win rate of 98%
- A record of recovering millions of dollars in total for clients
- A founder who knows how insurance companies work
- A team of passionate attorneys ready to fight for you
- Free consultations
- Round-the-clock availability for client emergencies.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you deserve top-quality representation. Strong Law is ready to fight for you. Call 206-741-1053 to schedule a free consultation and take the next step toward justice through compensation.
Fighting to Get You Compensated
No matter what the circumstances of your accident are, it is important to know that compensation for your losses is not automatic. In fact, you can expect the insurance company handling your case to put up a fight to pay less than you deserve.
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, the first line of insurance available to you is the driver’s personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy. All Utah drivers must carry PIP insurance, which is a form of no-fault insurance. No-fault insurance means insurance coverage kicks in regardless of who is at fault.
So, if a driver strikes a pedestrian, the pedestrian will be entitled to make a demand for compensation without proving the driver was at fault. However, the compensation you can claim through PIP is significantly limited. That said, you may be able to file a personal injury claim for more compensation when the circumstances allow.
PIP Insurance Compensation
PIP insurance allows injured pedestrians to seek several types of compensation, depending on the circumstance of the accident, including:
- Medical Bills: $3,000 of treatment costs you incur because of your accident will be covered by PIP insurance if they are reasonable. Commonly covered medical treatment and services include doctor’s visits, medication, X-rays, hospital stays, and more.
- Lost Wages: If a pedestrian accident prevents you from working, you can claim a portion of your lost income from PIP insurance. The compensation payments can only last for 52 weeks, and you may only receive 85% of your lost wage or $250 per week, whichever is the lower amount.
- Special Allowance: Many pedestrian accident victims find it impossible to complete their basic household tasks, such as grocery shopping and cleaning. Injury victims can seek compensation of up to $20 a day for up to 365 days for the costs they incur from hiring people to help them around the house.
- Death Benefits: PIP allows you to pursue up to $3,000 in death benefits if you lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident.
- Burial Costs: If you lose a loved one due to a pedestrian accident, you can claim up to $1,500 in burial and funeral costs.
Although PIP relieves you from the burden of proving that the driver that hit you was at fault, you are not permitted to claim compensation for all your losses. In order to seek full compensation for your losses, you must file a personal injury claim against the driver’s insurance company or another party, which is not allowed unless certain conditions are met.
Personal Injury Claim
If the facts of your case make you eligible to file a personal injury claim, you will be entitled to pursue much more damages than allowed with a PIP claim. To be considered eligible to file a claim, your case must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- A fatality occurred
- You suffered a dismemberment
- You were permanently disabled or impaired
- You suffered a permanent disfigurement
- Your medical expenses surpassed $3,000.
The damages available to you when you file a personal injury claim far surpass those available with a PIP claim and include economic and non-economic damages.
The economic damages you can pursue include full compensation for medical expenses incurred as a result of your accident instead of simply $3,000. This means you can pursue the funds you need to pay for future medical care and rehabilitation as well as funds to pay for medical equipment and devices.
Additionally, you can seek to recover 100% of your lost wages for the duration of the time you are out of work, which may be much longer than the 365 days of coverage available with PIP insurance coverage.
Non-economic damages, none of which are available from a PIP claim, cover the intangible losses you suffer after an accident. They are subjective and do not have built-in price tags like economic damages. Still, you can seek valuable monetary compensation for these damages, which include:
- Physical pain and suffering.
- Emotional distress and mental anguish.
- Loss of quality of life.
- Loss of consortium.
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are subject to a cap of $450,000.
In pedestrian accident cases, punitive damages may also be available. Punitive damages exist in car accident cases for the purpose of punishing and deterring willful and malicious conduct. For example, a driver who intentionally runs down a pedestrian would be subject to punitive damages.
More commonly, drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be made to pay punitive damages simply because they caused an accident while under the influence.
When punitive damages are awarded in pedestrian cases, the injured pedestrian receives the first $50,000 of the award, and the rest of the award is divided 50-50 between the injury victim and the state.
Proving Liability in Pedestrian Accidents
If you are eligible to file a personal injury claim, you will have the burden of demonstrating that someone else’s negligence is principally responsible for your accident. For this reason, it is important to enlist the services of an experienced Salt Lake City pedestrian accident attorney to build your case.
Drivers’ Obligations Toward Pedestrians
Depending on the circumstances, a pedestrian or a motorist may have the right-of-way. However, drivers must do all they can to prevent a collision with a pedestrian regardless of who has the right-of-way.
When in a crosswalk, pedestrians have the right-of-way over motorists, who must come to a complete stop while the pedestrian is crossing. Additionally, drivers should make every effort to stop outside of crosswalks and not impede pedestrian traffic.
In all cases, especially at intersections, drivers should take care to be alert and expect that pedestrians are present. Doing so keeps drivers alert and aware and helps reduce pedestrian accidents in intersections.
Most, but not all, pedestrian accidents occur because of driver negligence. Driver negligence is destructive and, sadly, common behavior that can easily cause catastrophic injuries and end lives. Even at slower speeds, a vehicle in the hands of a negligent driver can cause serious, life-changing injuries to a pedestrian.
Some common forms of driver negligence that can cause pedestrian accidents include:
- Driving while distracted.
- Driving drunk or while on drugs.
- Failure to yield.
- Negligent left and right turns.
- Driving too fast for weather conditions.
- Texting or negligently using a phone.
Operating an unsafe vehicle can also lead to a pedestrian accident, such as in the case of a missing headlight resulting in reduced visibility at night.
Although drivers cause the lion’s share of pedestrian accidents, some of them are the result of negligence on the part of a municipal agency. For example, if an intersection traffic light displays green when it should display red, a pedestrian or driver will likely proceed and potentially experience an accident. If this occurs and a pedestrian is harmed, that pedestrian can potentially seek damages from the municipality.
How We Can Help
We Handle Everything While You Recover
After a pedestrian accident, many questions arise and must be settled before a pedestrian accident victim can successfully pursue compensation. When you become a client of Strong Law, a pedestrian accident attorney for our team of attorneys takes care of all of the relevant issues for you, giving you the time you need to concentrate on adjusting to your injuries and their effect on your life.
You never have to worry about any of the often-complex tasks involved in a claim for compensation. Your pedestrian accident attorney will handle everything for you, including:
- Performing a thorough accident investigation.
- Gathering and analyzing evidence for your compensation claim.
- Consulting with accident-reconstruction experts to determine fault.
- Consulting with medical experts to understand the breadth of your injuries.
- Meeting with financial consultants to help determine your future financial losses.
- Handling all insurance-related matters, including demands and negotiations.
- Filing a lawsuit in the event insurance companies refuse to pay what you deserve.
Your Salt Lake City pedestrian accident lawyer from our team will also keep you up to date as to the progress of your case and keep you in the loop on what will happen next.
If you have suffered a pedestrian accident and need compensation for your losses, do not hesitate to contact a pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm for a free consultation and case review. You deserve to have an experienced pedestrian accident attorney representing you during this challenging time in your life. Call 206-741-1053 today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your Questions Matter
Please read the following Q&A to understand more about pedestrian accidents and your right to compensation. For more answers and explanations, please do not hesitate to call our team at your convenience.
Is there a time limit for pedestrian accident claims for compensation?
If you have been injured in an auto accident in Utah, you have four years to take legal action for your injuries. However, you only have three years to claim compensation for property damages. For pedestrian accidents that result in death, the decedent’s loved ones have two years to file a claim or lawsuit.
Can I afford a Salt Lake City pedestrian accident attorney?
Yes. Our Salt Lake City pedestrian accident lawyers do not get paid unless and until you get compensated for your injuries. If you get zero, you owe nothing. Additionally, you are not responsible for any upfront costs to get your case started.
How long will my pedestrian accident claim for compensation take?
Each pedestrian accident case is unique and has a different timeline, making it difficult to predict how long your case will take without a Salt Lake City pedestrian accident attorney reviewing the facts of your accident. However, relatively straightforward pedestrian accident cases should take no longer than a few months to resolve.
Should I accept an insurance company’s offer?
To get the compensation you deserve, you should not accept an insurance company’s compensation offer until you have spoken with an experienced Salt Lake City pedestrian accident lawyer. A pedestrian accident lawyer in Salt Lake City will give you a more accurate evaluation of your case than an insurance company.
Call our office today to get more answers from an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in Salt Lake City. Your understanding of the process is important to us.
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