When you are a pedestrian, you can be involved in an accident with a car or other type of vehicle. In most cases, you are at a greater risk of being harmed than the individual in the vehicle because you are not surrounded by a protective chassis.
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you can face significant expenses. Your expenses could include medical bills, lost wages, and miscellaneous expenses known as “pain and suffering.” This last category includes needs like mobility aids and over-the-counter wound care. If you find yourself facing such expenses after being involved in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you file a claim to pursue compensation for your damages. In Wisconsin, you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim.
Pedestrian accidents can be deadly. In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in accidents on the roadway, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When a pedestrian accident is not fatal, it can still cause the victim to suffer significant injuries, such as the following:
Pedestrian accidents can happen as a result of the pedestrian’s negligence, another party’s negligence, or negligence on the part of the government entity tasked with maintaining the road where the accident occurred. If a party other than the pedestrian caused the accident to occur because of their negligence or reckless actions, the pedestrian may seek compensation for his or her damages through a personal injury claim.
Examples of pedestrian accidents include:
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, know how to respond appropriately. If you or any other individual involved in the accident is in need of immediate medical attention, call 911 to have an ambulance sent to the scene. Otherwise, call the police to have an officer sent to the scene to document it in a police report. After taking down the officer’s contact information, getting a copy of the official police report, taking photographs of the scene and your injury, and taking down contact information for any witnesses to the accident, seek medical attention for your injury as soon as you can.
After you have received appropriate medical care for your injury, contact an experienced Appleton personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights and options regarding a personal injury claim. Our team of experienced Appleton pedestrian accident lawyer at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC, can provide you with the guidance and legal representation you need to move forward with your claim. Contact our firm today to schedule your initial legal consultation with us.