Walking is one of the healthiest forms of exercise. It can help to reduce stress, increase long-term health, and it’s a positive environmental option to take instead of driving your car. While there are many benefits to walking, one danger to be aware of is heavy traffic, especially distracted drivers. The law is supportive of pedestrians and allows walkers the right of way in a crosswalk, or when crossing the street at the appropriate place. Still, accidents can happen. In 2015 there were over 5,300 people killed in pedestrian accidents, and another 129,000 walkers were treated for serious injuries.
Pedestrians are especially vulnerable when walking because they are largely unprotected. With the increasing use of smartphones and other distracting devices, the reality is that many drivers are simply unaware of a pedestrian until it is too late. Stepping into a crosswalk should always be taken with precaution. Although a pedestrian typically does have the right of way, a driver who isn’t paying attention can easily miss noticing a person or a child when they are crossing the street. This can result in devastating consequences and serious injuries.
What Damages Can you Claim in a Pedestrian Accident?
When you are injured, the medical bills can start to accumulate quickly, especially if you are unable to work while you are recovering. There are many different damages that you can request to recover when you are involved in a pedestrian accident. Some of these include (but are not limited to):
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earning loss
- Emotional distress
- Physical therapy and outpatient recovery
- Modifications to your home that are required to assist in your recovery or physical limitations
What will the Insurance Company Offer to Pay?
When you are injured in an accident, your primary source of recovering damages is usually the insurance company. Typically, in the case of a pedestrian accident, the insurance companies will attempt to settle as quickly as possible. It is in their best interest to offer you a fast settlement to keep the case out of court. The first offer will always be their lowest offer, and it is in your best interest to hire a personal injury lawyer immediately to help you work through this process. An attorney who understands how to manage the insurance company settlement offers you a strong chance of receiving the maximum amount of damages for your injury.
Call an Indianapolis Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
If you or someone that you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident, the damage can be catastrophic. Between medical appointments, physical therapy, and time off work, healing an injury can feel like a full-time job. Recovering compensation for your injury can feel overwhelming. The insurance companies have a team of attorneys working on your claim, and you should too. The experienced legal team at Fountain Law Group is ready to help victims of pedestrian accidents in the Indianapolis area. Call us today at 1-888-242-HURT(4878) or contact us online to set up an initial consultation. We are available and ready to go through the details of your case and fight aggressively on your behalf.