Posted: March 26, 2014
Picking up from Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit FAQs (Part 1), here are more answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about pedestrian accident lawsuits.
I wasn’t in a crosswalk when the car hit me. Can I still get compensation?
If you were hit by a car when you were jaywalking, were crossing the street on a red light or may have otherwise been violating a traffic law, you still may be able to obtain some compensation for your injuries and losses caused by a pedestrian accident. Your “fault” in such cases can reduce the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled, but don’t think that you won’t get anything for your injuries just because you may have been partially to blame for the accident.
In such cases, it’s crucial that you work with an experienced attorney who can fight for your rights and prevent insurers from trying to fully deny your claim just because you may have partially been to blame for the accident.
How soon do I have to file by claim?
For pedestrian accident lawsuits, there is a statute of limitations set by the state government, and this determines how long accident victims have to file their claims. Think of statutes of limitations as legal deadlines; essentially, the clock for these statutes starts running on the day of the accident. If accident victims don’t file their claims by the time the statute of limitations runs out, they will never be able to obtain compensation for the injuries and losses they incurred as a result of the pedestrian accident.
In Missouri, pedestrian accident victims have 5 years from the date of the accident to file their cases. In Illinois, the statute of limitations is far shorter, as victims only have two years from the date of the accident to file their claims.
Do I need a lawyer?
YES. After a pedestrian accident, you will likely be focused on your physical recovery – as you should be. You will need a professional who is dedicated to your financial recovery, as insurers will be doing their best to try to undervalue your claim and get you to accept a settlement that is likely far less than what you deserve. By working with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer, you can rest assured that you will be able to obtain the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law
If you have been hit by a car while you were walking, contact the leading attorneys in St. Louis which specialize in personal injury lawsuits, Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation, including pedestrian accident lawsuits. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. One of our primary goals is to help accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses so they can focus on their recovery and moving on with their lives.
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