Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Alexandria
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Did a car strike you or a loved one while you were walking around Alexandria? It is hard to know what to do first when a disaster like this happens. An overwhelming surge of emotions might scatter your thoughts and make it hard to focus on your next steps.
You want to do the best for yourself and do right by your loved ones, but you are not sure where to turn. A pedestrian accident lawyer in Alexandria, VA understands what you are going through and can help you and your family recover the compensation you need to get past this difficult time in your life.
Call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule your free consultation: 571-229-1800.
How Driver Negligence Can Cause Pedestrian Accidents
Many drivers are operating on mental autopilot. A frequent cause of pedestrian accidents is distracted drivers making turns without checking the crosswalk first. Pedestrians are often the last thing on these drivers’ minds. Smartphones, conversations with passengers, and preoccupation with the events of the day are often to blame for accidents.
Intoxication and driver fatigue are also common culprits. And while these negligent drivers should be liable for their actions, it is often much more difficult than it should be to prove negligence and get the compensation you deserve.
Receiving Fair Compensation for Injuries
To recover the compensation you need, we must establish both the negligence of the driver and the extent of your injuries.
Proving negligence requires we establish the following criteria:
- Duty of care: The at-fault driver had a duty to drive safely.
- Breach of duty: He breached that duty by violating a traffic law (e.g., failing to yield right-of-way in a crosswalk.)
- Causation: This failure caused your accident and injury, e.g., the driver hit you while you were in the crosswalk, causing you to suffer a spinal cord injury.
- Damages: You suffered damages (e.g., medical bills, lost wages, “pain and suffering,” inconvenience, etc.)
This requires evidence. Depending on your case, we might need:
- Red light camera footage
- Surveillance video
- Eyewitness testimony
- The driver’s cell phone records
- The accident report
- Expert witness testimony
Types of Compensation Available in Pedestrian Accident Cases
Depending on the type of accident you or your loved one suffered and extent of loss or injuries you are facing, you may be entitled to any of the following:
- Past and current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages or loss of self-employment income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Physical “pain and suffering” (past and future)
- Humiliation or embarrassment from permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Inconvenience (past and future)
If a victim died on impact or the injuries led to death, an estate and/or surviving family members can claim compensation for the decedent’s “pain and suffering;” final medical expenses; and funeral, burial, or cremation expenses.
Surviving family members may recover compensation for mental anguish, sorrow, loss of guidance, and loss of companionship. Compensation for loss of income and the loss of the decedent’s services, protection, assistance, and care may also be available.
Handling Insurance Company Communication After an Accident
Insurance companies have several tactics up their sleeves for devaluing or denying your claim. They might:
- Try to settle a claim with you before you retain an attorney.
- Try to tell you that you do not need an attorney.
- Try to convince you that your case is not worth hiring an attorney or that you cannot afford an attorney. (You can. Personal injury attorneys handle cases on a contingency basis, which means you do not pay until you win.)
- Assure you that they will be fair and straightforward with you.
- Attempt to trick you into saying something that jeopardizes your claim.
Not all people or insurance companies are untrustworthy. Unless you have an attorney working for you, however, you will not know who you can and cannot trust in the process.
Attorney Jim Parrish’s firm uses his insurance industry experience to your advantage. Having spent many years working as an insurance defense lawyer, Jim knows the buttons that insurance companies train their adjusters to push.
An insurance company may want you to believe that it is trying to be fair. However, its idea of “fair” is unlikely to be the same as yours. We level the playing field and ensure the insurance company knows it cannot manipulate you into accepting less than you deserve.
You Have a Limited Time to Act. Do Not Jeopardize Your Claim to Compensation — Call Today
The statute of limitations for pedestrian accident cases is two years in Virginia. Time passes quickly, and you do not want to risk having a court throw your case out as being untimely. The sooner we can begin compiling evidence and building your case, the better.
We know the hardest part of the claims process for the client can be just getting started. However, once a client hands a case over to the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, the hard part is over. We handle the rest.
Call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC now at 571-229-1800.