Were You Hit By a Car?
Get a pedestrian accident attorney who will guide you forward
Motorists have a responsibility to share the road, and they need to take it seriously. If you’ve been hit by a car, you know firsthand what happens when they don’t. Pedestrian accidents change lives forever, and insurance companies only add to that pain. To them, you’re just exposure to their bottom line. To us, you’re a person who has lost something precious and needs help finding a path forward.
The Swanson Law Group has the experience and resources needed to take on the insurance companies in high-stakes pedestrian accident cases. There will be more challenges ahead, but you don’t have to walk through them alone. Schedule your free consultation to get an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer on your side.
How pedestrian accidents happen
Pedestrians are vulnerable road users not just because they lack the protection of a vehicle’s metal chassis around them, but also because they are smaller and make much less noise than motor vehicles. As such, pedestrians are often hit by distracted drivers – when a motorist is looking at a cell phone, adjusting the radio, or simply lost in thought, they may not see a pedestrian until it’s too late. Drunk drivers, too, are incredibly dangerous to pedestrians, since alcohol inhibits perception and slows reaction time.
More broadly, motorists who fail to share the road appropriately are a constant threat to pedestrians. Drivers must yield to pedestrians who are legally using marked or unmarked crosswalks. They must also be proactive about checking for pedestrians when turning, pulling over, or passing through an intersection. These responsibilities are especially important in areas where children may be present, such as residential neighborhoods, parks and school zones.
These dangers only become more severe at night or in inclement weather when visibility gets worse. In low-visibility conditions, the first thing to go is the driver’s peripheral vision. Motorists driving at night may still see the car in front of them, but not the pedestrian entering a crosswalk from the side of the road. It’s critical that motorists slow down and stay alert so that they can spot vulnerable road users in time to avoid a collision.
The insurance companies often gaslight injured pedestrians
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, the injuries sustained are often severe, even at low speeds. A pedestrian may experience impact multiple times: the fender of the car hits the legs or knees, the head or upper body hits the windshield of the car, and then the whole body hits the ground. Permanent injuries, such as a brain and spinal cord injury, are common. Lives are changed for good, or even ended.
What this means from the insurance company’s perspective is a potentially expensive claim. For them, the worst day of your life is just an unexpected cost they want to minimize. As soon as they see “pedestrian accident,” they put highly trained adjusters and agents on the case to gather evidence and try to manipulate the injured pedestrian into saying something that will undermine their claim. They’ll ask seemingly benign questions intended to trick you into thinking your injury was your fault.
They will also heavily imply that you don’t need a lawyer – and then, as soon as they’re done talking to you, pick up the phone and dial their lawyer to make sure their interests are protected. You don’t have to face their tactics alone. Get a lawyer on your side who knows how to stand up for victims.
We will guide you through every step in the process
To get a positive result in a pedestrian accident case, we need to prove two things: that a motorist’s negligence caused your injuries, and that your injuries have resulted in real costs for your life. For the first element, we’ll launch a full investigation of your accident, including talking to witnesses, reviewing accident reports, and gathering physical evidence from the scene of the accident. This can be a complex and time-consuming process, especially if the driver of the car is not forthcoming or witnesses disagree on what they saw, but we put in the work to get to the bottom of what happened. We often retain expert witnesses to help us reconstruct the accident. Our goal is to provide you with some closure and hold the negligent driver accountable.
We put just as much time and effort into listening to your story and understanding the full effects the accident has had on your life. When a car hits a pedestrian’s unprotected body, the injuries are often life-altering. Your health was a precious thing, and losing it has ripple effects on the rest of your life: your family, your job, your hobbies, your future. We know how to build a strong case for all the losses you’ve experienced, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering, both physical and emotional
- Modifications to your home and vehicle
- Lost care, companionship, enjoyment, and quality of life
- Loss of consortium
No financial recovery can truly undo what happened, but we are committed to building the strongest possible case for a better future. That means preparing to go to trial. When the insurance companies see we’re ready to take them before a judge and jury, and knowing our track record of results at trial, they often pay up. If they won’t offer fair value, then we will take them to court.
When you’re in a pedestrian accident, you can count on us
If you’re hit by a car, there are two things you need to do right away. First, get medical help, even if you feel fine. Getting checked out by a doctor right away is the best option to protect your health and creates a record of your injuries in case an insurance company later disputes your claim. Second, contact an experienced attorney before you talk to the insurance company. Remember, they aren’t on your side, and they will try to use every interaction with you to their advantage. Level the playing field by turning to an attorney who knows how to counter their tactics.
We represent pedestrian accident victims on a contingency fee, which means our fee is dependent on the outcome we get for you. You pay us nothing out of pocket, and we advance the costs of moving your case forward. If we win your case, our fee is a percentage of the recovery; if we don’t win, you don’t owe us a penny. It’s that simple.
As tough as the challenges ahead may become, you don’t have to go it alone. You need a lawyer who knows how to stand up to the insurance companies and help injured people find their path to a brighter future. Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential consultation with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.