Despite efforts by municipal and state governments to reduce pedestrian accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that pedestrian accidents are on the rise. The increase in pedestrian accidents may be due to an increase in distracted driving and an increase in distracted walking, amongst other factors.
Regardless of the cause of these accidents, there is no doubt that a pedestrian who is hit by a car is likely to suffer terrible injuries, and may even lose their life. At Tuite Law, our top-rated Rockford pedestrian accident attorneys are strong, experienced advocates for injured victims and their family members.
We know how to hold negligent drivers and their insurance providers accountable through the personal injury claims process. If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident, our Rockford personal injury attorneys will help you recover compensation for your losses.
The Devastating Effects of a Pedestrian Accident
The effects of a pedestrian accident are devastating for the victim and the victim’s family. Even when a pedestrian is hit while the vehicle is traveling at a relatively low speed, the injuries sustained can be catastrophic. Common injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident include:
- Head and traumatic brain injuries, which can leave a person cognitively impaired, in a coma, or permanently unable to care for themselves;
- Spinal cord injuries, which may leave a person permanently totally or partially paralyzed, resulting in the need for long-term care;
- Internal bleeding, requiring surgery to correct, and potentially causing long-term complications or death;
- Broken bones, which may never allow a person to return to the same level of physical function and mobility that they had before the accident; and
- Soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains, which are extremely painful, limit mobility, and can cause long-term impairment.
In the most tragic of accidents, a pedestrian accident can result in death leaving surviving family members emotionally scarred; childless, parentless or spouseless; or/and without income. Following any serious pedestrian accident, the injured victim and their family members must be able to access the maximum available financial support.
How to Prove Liability for a Pedestrian Accident
Similar to the majority of U.S. states, both Illinois and Wisconsin are fault-based motor vehicle accident jurisdictions. To hold another party liable for your injuries, you must prove that their negligence contributed to the crash. In the vast majority of pedestrian accident claims, the defendants are negligent drivers. Though there are certainly some exceptions — other parties may sometimes bear liability as well. Some common examples of driver negligence that could lead to a pedestrian accident include:
- Speeding through pedestrian-heavy areas;
- Inattentive or distracted driving;
- Running red lights or stop signs;
- Failure to stop at a crosswalk; and
- Drunk driving or drugged driving.
Unfortunately, drivers may not always admit fault. Injured victims need to take proactive measures to protect their own interests. Every pedestrian accident should be comprehensively investigated by an experienced professional. At Tuite Law, our Rockford personal injury attorneys will carefully review your pedestrian accident case — putting in the time and resources needed to gather all relevant evidence so that you can prove liability and recover financial compensation.
Victims Deserve Full Financial Compensation
In nearly all serious pedestrian accidents, the pedestrian or their family members will incur large hospital and other medical bills. They may also miss earning a paycheck and could suffer serious physical or emotional harm. Through a pedestrian accident claim, injured victims can seek financial compensation for the complete value of their damages.
Unfortunately, defendants and their insurance carriers are rarely willing to cooperate. Not only do they complicate the claims process, but they will also try to settle your case for far less than it is worth, potentially even denying your claim altogether. At Tuite Law, our skilled Rockford, IL pedestrian accident lawyers know how to get our clients the full compensation that they are rightfully owed. You may be entitled to financial relief for:
- Emergency medical treatment;
- Other hospital or medical bills;
- Rehabilitative care;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional anguish;
- Long-term impairment;
- Loss of life enjoyment; and
- Wrongful death.
Your Rights after a Pedestrian Accident
After a pedestrian accident, you have the right to recover the full amount of financial and nonfinancial damages you have lost. You also have the right to contact an attorney who can guide you through the claims process. Further, you have the right to work with an attorney who is committed to getting you the money to which you are entitled without charging you absurd upfront, retainer, or hourly fees.
Remember, the insurance company is not on your side. Even if you are making a claim through your own insurer, you should understand that the company will be looking out for their financial interests. Do not rely on an insurance adjuster for guidance. You need a strong, aggressive pedestrian accident attorney who has the skills and legal experience needed to fight for your rights.
Why Choose Tuite Law
At the offices of Tuite Law, our compassionate Rockford pedestrian accident attorneys believe that all victims of pedestrian accidents – including surviving family members – deserve the best in legal representation after a crash. We are prepared to conduct a comprehensive review of your case, answer your questions, and craft a winning legal strategy that will best protect your legal rights and financial interests.
Our Rockford, IL personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis so you never have to worry about coming up with the money for our services, and are 100 percent committed to getting you the maximum settlement possible.
Contact Our Rockford, IL Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
At Tuite Law, we are committed to providing our clients with the very best legal representation. We know that taking steps to improve your future after a pedestrian crash can be extremely difficult to do – let our attorneys help. To schedule your free consultation, please contact our legal team right away. With an office in Rockford, we represent pedestrian accident victims throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.