Any motor vehicle accident can be upsetting, but those involving pedestrians can be devastating. Due to the size, weight, and speed of automobiles, pedestrian accidents often result in substantial, sometimes fatal, injuries. If you or a loved one was injured as a pedestrian in a motor vehicle crash, our Illinois pedestrian injury lawyers understand your situation. We will help you navigate the legal issues to obtain compensation for your losses. Contact us today at 618-277-3644.
Compensation in Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Accidents
Injuries sustained by pedestrians in accidents with motor vehicles can be severe. Those injuries can be life-changing, and you may have losses in the past and future. Let us help you decide if a car accident claim would benefit you.
You may be able to obtain compensation for the following:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life or loss of a normal life
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Wage loss
Our Illinois personal injury lawyers can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your losses. We will evaluate your claim and help you understand the legal issues involved in pedestrian-motor vehicle accident cases.
Common Injuries Sustained by Pedestrians
Because pedestrians have little or no protection, accidents with motor vehicles can result in devastating injuries. In 2014, more than 4,300 pedestrians were injured by motor vehicles, and 867 of those resulted in incapacitation, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). After sustaining such injuries, you may be unable to work, and you may need continuing medical treatment.
Common injuries sustained by pedestrians include:
- Broken bones
- Disfiguring cuts
- Internal injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Approximately 126 pedestrians were fatally injured in Illinois by motor vehicles in 2014, according to IDOT. Those people had no protection against the enormous vehicles that crashed into them as they walked near the roadway. If your loved one was fatally injured, you are likely confused about what to do next. You may have lost a primary source of income, and you may have past due bills. Our Illinois wrongful death lawyers at The Cates Law Firm, LLC can help you decide if a wrongful death claim is in your best interest.
You may be able to recover for your past and future losses through a wrongful death claim. Monetary compensation may be available for the following:
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Grief, sorrow, and mental suffering
- Loss of consortium, or the relationship with your loved one
- Loss of economic support
- Loss of instruction, moral training, and superintendence of education of children
- Medical bills and other expenses incurred prior to the passing of your loved one
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
There are many factors which contribute to pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians have a responsibility to maintain a lookout for cars on the roadway; however, it is impossible for the pedestrian alone to prevent every accident.
Common factors linked to pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents include:
- Drivers’ failure to yield right of way to pedestrians
- Drowsy and distracted drivers
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Intoxicated or impaired drivers
- Lack of or poorly maintained sidewalks
- Low visibility
- Size of the city – larger cities and busier roads have higher accident rates
- Time of day – more pedestrians are hit during rush hour
- Traffic congestion
Whether a victim can be compensated for their injuries often times depends on an analysis of the care taken by both the driver and the victim. A car accident lawyer at The Cates Law Firm, LLC is available to assist you in explaining the law and help you or your loved one determine if they have a case.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you were a pedestrian injured in an accident with a motor vehicle, you should immediately seek medical treatment. Some injuries do not show up right away, so a full physical evaluation is important. Once you are able, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You have a limited amount of time to assert a claim after an accident. Evidence becomes more difficult to obtain as time passes. Contact The Cates Law Firm, LLC to begin an investigation immediately. We will evaluate your claim, speak with parties involved, negotiate with insurance companies, and seek the maximum compensation available in your case.
Illinois Pedestrian Injury Lawyers at The Cates Law Firm, LLC Will Defend Your Rights
At The Cates Law Firm, LLC, we strive to ensure that every victim receives compensation for the losses they accrue as a result of a pedestrian accident. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, we are here to speak with you. Give us a call today at 618-277-3644 for a no cost, no obligation consultation, or use the contact form online and let us know how we can help you.
From our office located in Swansea, we provide experienced representation for injured pedestrians throughout Illinois, including the communities of Belleville, Carbondale, Chester, East St. Louis, Edwardsville, Granite City, St. Louis, Waterloo and Madison County, Monroe County and Randolph County.