Everyone who decides to take a walk is at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 4,092 pedestrian fatalities caused by being struck by a vehicle – car, truck, or motorcycle. That same year, more than 70,000 pedestrians were injured. There are some people who are more at risk of being involved in an accident with a vehicle than others.
Personal injury lawsuits almost always result when someone’s negligence towards another person causes bodily injury or harm. In Washington, D.C., in order for you to prevail with your personal injury claim in a pedestrian accident, you must prove that you have been injured by another party’s careless or reckless actions or inaction. Washington, D.C. law does not support the principle that the pedestrian “always has the right of way,” so it is important to understand Washington, D.C.’s laws regarding pedestrians so that you won’t be in a situation where you’re on the wrong side of the law in your pedestrian accident claim.
At Oropeza Law Firm, LLC., we will provide you with a pedestrian accident attorney who will take care of all the interactions between insurance companies so that you can focus on healing and recovery. Pedestrian accidents can involve especially severe injuries, and it is our highest priority that you or your loved one seeks and receives appropriate medical treatment while your pedestrian accident attorney represents your interests and seeks the compensation you deserve for your sufferings – bodily injuries, property damage, lost wages, and pains and sufferings.
We understand the confusion that can follow a pedestrian accident, but if you follow the steps below, you could help your pedestrian accident attorney to best represent your interests and seek maximum compensation for your sufferings.
An important note related to pedestrian accidents in Washington, D.C. is that a claim must be filed within three years of the date of the pedestrian accident in order for compensation to be sought and received. If your claim is not filed in time, you will not be able to receive compensation for any damages from the accident, whether they be bodily injuries, property damages, or other pains and sufferings. For this reason, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney or pedestrian accident attorney who will be able to represent your interests during this difficult time so that you can move past this incident as quickly as possible and receive the compensation that you deserve.