Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Reading, MA
Walking You Through Pedestrian Accident Claims in Massachusetts
While some types of motor vehicle fatalities are going down, fatal pedestrian accidents are increasing. In 2018, a total of 6,283 people lost their lives to pedestrian traffic crashes. When most people in the United States spend some time as a pedestrian, this statistic is unacceptable. Even one death is too many, and, unfortunately, many of these deaths are caused by negligent motor vehicle drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in fact, 47% of fatal pedestrian accidents involve alcohol.
If you are harmed by a drunk or otherwise negligent driver, the Law Offices of Stephen M. Hughes, P.C. can help.
Call us at (781) 350-9342 to get started today.
Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
When cars and pedestrians collide, the pedestrian suffers the brunt of the impact – no matter who is at fault for the accident. Pedestrians who are hit by cars often sustain serious injuries or succumb to the accident entirely.
Some of the most common injuries we see at our firm include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Pelvic fractures
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Internal injuries
Not only do pedestrians absorb the impact of the motor vehicle that hits them, but they can also fall to the ground, be thrown into an object, or land on the hood or windshield of the car. Injuries from this kind of trauma can have lasting and lifelong effects.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents
Massachusetts always gives the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Nevertheless, many drivers hit people who are crossing the street. Chapter 89, Section 11 of Massachusetts General Law spells out liability for crosswalk accidents.
Inside or outside of crosswalks, the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to yield
- Cell phone use
- Distracted driving
Low visibility is also a contributing factor, but drivers must be careful and should be more careful if it is dark or difficult to see. Children and pedestrians aged 65 or older are the most at-risk for pedestrian accidents, so drivers should also be extra careful if they see these populations on the road.
How Your Claim Will Work
After a pedestrian accident, your priority should be your health. Seek medical attention immediately, even if you feel like you don’t need it. If you don’t leave the scene of your accident in an ambulance, try to gather information about the driver that hit you and take photos of your surroundings, any injuries you may have, and the vehicle that hit you.
Once you know what to expect in terms of your health, you may want to contact an attorney. When you choose the Law Offices of Stephen M. Hughes, P.C., the process works like this:
- You come in for a free consultation
- Our attorneys evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case
- We investigate your claim and gather supporting evidence
- We build a strong case and prepare for trial from day one
- We make a demand against the insurance company
- The insurance company makes a settlement offer
- We negotiate to maximize your compensation
- If we cannot come to an agreement, we consider going to trial
- We do everything in our power to get you the settlement or award you deserve
A successful settlement or verdict can help you account for the consequences of a pedestrian accident. Compensation can cover medical bills, missed wages, pain & suffering, and so much more.
Call the Law Offices of Stephen M. Hughes, P.C. Today
Are you ready to move forward after a pedestrian accident? Look no further than our firm. With nearly 30 years of experience, Attorney Hughes can help you file a personal injury lawsuit and fight for the resources you need to recover.
Our legal team works for you, so we give you the advice and support you need to make the best decision for your case and future. We are available 24/7 and truly care about your success. The Reading community matters to us, you matter to us, and we want to help.