Accidents between autos and pedestrians aren’t as uncommon as you might think. When a pedestrian is struck by several thousand pounds of metal and glass, even a low-speed accident can cause serious or fatal injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in auto-pedestrian accidents in the United States, and another 76,000 were injured. This means on average there is an auto-related pedestrian death every 2 hours; an injury every 7 minutes.
While a negligent driver are often to blame when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, it isn’t always the motorists’ fault. Pedestrians (including bikers, joggers, skateboarders, etc.) can also cause accidents. Determining fault can sometimes be a complicated process. Did the driver run a red light? Was the driver speeding? Was the driver intoxicated? Did the pedestrian wander out into traffic while texting? Could either person have avoided the accident?
In most states, a pedestrian can only recover in a lawsuit against a driver when the accident was at least partially the driver’s fault. While a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from the victim’s mind in the devastating aftermath, a seeking legal counsel and determining one’s rights is crucial. To prevail in a pedestrian injury claim, the victim needs evidence to prove the motorist violated his duty of care, and that breach was the direct and proximate cause of your injuries. A personal injury attorney can help determine who may be at fault, and decide the best course of action in recovering the maximum compensation for damages. Damages may include, past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the loss of enjoyment of life. In the case of a wrongful death, damages can include funeral and burial expenses. Unfortunately, the legal process can drag on for years as insurance companies are notorious for dragging out a claim until the victim gives in to the lowest possible settlement. In order to wait for a fair settlement, yet avoid experiencing a shortfall in finances that could lead to a significant financial hardship, a plaintiff may benefit from lawsuit funding.
Lawsuit funding is financial assistance in advance of an expected settlement or verdict. This legal finance removes the financial pressure to settle too early for too little compensation, and allows the plaintiff to continue with the litigation and receive the compensation and justice deserved. There are no application fees, credit checks, employment history verifications, or monthly payments. Best of all, repayment is only made when a settlement is reached. If the case is lost, our repayment is lost. Applying for funding takes less than five minutes. Once we received the application and supporting documentation, a funding decision can be made within 24 – 48 hours.
If you were in a pedestrian-auto accident and awaiting justice, don’t let your bills wait and ruin your credit. Call Lawsuit Financial or visit us online for more information or to complete and application.