Why do you need a pedestrian accident lawyer?
If you were injured as a pedestrian during an accident involving a vehicle, you may think the case is open and shut. After all, a driver should watch out for pedestrians at all times since the pedestrian is the most likely to get seriously injured in an accident with a vehicle. However, just because you have been in a pedestrian accident doesn't mean that you're going to get the settlement you deserve. In fact, insurance adjusters may even deny your claim outright depending on the situation. You compare the fault of the driver of the car or truck against any fault you have. You cannot normally collect for your own fault. In Kansas, if you get to 50% you lose.
Because of this, you want an experienced pedestrian accident attorney by your side. Following are four reasons you should work with a reputable lawyer if you've been injured as a pedestrian in an accident:
1. You may be too injured to focus on legal matters
As a pedestrian, it's easy to get seriously injured if you're involved in a car accident. It's not uncommon for pedestrian victims to experience anything from broken limbs to severe head trauma. If you've been seriously injured, you simply won't be capable of handling legal matters on your own. You'll need the assistance and guidance that an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can provide. Having a professional attorney at your side will help provide peace of mind, allowing you to focus on your recovery instead of having to worry about legal matters. We can quickly move to find witnesses, police reports and other evidence to prove you are not at fault.
2. A pedestrian accident lawyer can help determine who is at fault
An insurance adjuster may deny your claim on the basis that it wasn't the driver's fault. Different states have different laws concerning pedestrian accidents. In Kansas, if you're found to be at least 50 percent at fault for the accident, you will not receive any financial recovery. For example, if you were jaywalking, then you could be at fault.
A professional lawyer can help determine fault and make a case on your behalf. They will do this by collecting all existing evidence and uncovering new evidence. For example, maybe you were jaywalking - but the driver also happened to be texting. A good lawyer will be able to prove who is at more fault.
3. A pedestrian accident lawyer will negotiate your settlement on your behalf
Odds are you will first be provided with a lowball settlement or your claim may be outright denied. A lawyer will provide advice as to whether the settlement offer is fair. If not, they will be able to negotiate on your behalf. A good lawyer will be able to determine what a fair settlement should be by taking into consideration medical costs, pain and suffering, damage to personal possessions and more. You need a lawyer or attorney that will file suit and challenge the insurance company when they say no or give you a lowball offer.
4. A pedestrian accident lawyer will represent you in court
If a settlement agreement can't be reached, a pedestrian accident lawyer will be able to represent your case effectively to give you the best chance at being rewarded the damages and compensation you deserve. Many of these cases have to filed in court to get a good settlement.
These are four reasons you should hire a pedestrian accident lawyer if you are a pedestrian who has been injured in an accident. To speak with a pedestrian accident lawyer today, contact us at Brad Pistotnik Law by calling us at 800-241-BRAD or 316-684-4400.
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