Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Fairfax County
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When drivers fail to follow traffic laws and cause accidents with pedestrians, Virginia law allows victims to hold those drivers liable for any injuries. This is especially important since pedestrians often suffer catastrophic and even fatal injuries in these crashes. If a negligent or careless motorist caused your Fairfax County pedestrian accident, we can help you recover the compensation you need to pay for your medical treatment, lost wages, “pain and suffering” and inconvenience, and other damages.
The legal team at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is here to ensure your family gets the support you need to get back on your feet quickly. Call us today at 571-229-1800 for a complimentary consultation with a pedestrian accident lawyer in Fairfax County.
How do drivers cause Fairfax County pedestrian accidents?
Most vehicle versus pedestrian collisions occur when drivers fail to see pedestrians crossing in front of or behind them. This can happen in few ways, including while:
- Driving through a crosswalk
- Backing out of a parking space or driveway
- Pulling out of a parking lot or driveway
- Turning at an intersection
However, while drivers cause many of the accidents that injure pedestrians, pedestrians have a responsibility to protect themselves, obey traffic laws, and yield to drivers when necessary. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident that you might have contributed to, recovering the compensation you need can prove difficult. Our team will defend your claim against any accusations of liability to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
How can I prove the driver was negligent and caused the accident?
Per Virginia law, pedestrians have the right of way when crossing the road using a marked crosswalk — as long as they are not crossing in “disregard of approaching traffic.”
For example, if you suffered injuries after stepping into the crosswalk without looking as a car is turning right, you might be liable for your own injuries. However, if you look both ways before crossing and a driver makes a right turn when you are already in the crosswalk, you are likely entitled to compensation for any injuries you sustain if an accident occurs.
The best way to prove the driver acted negligently and caused your accident is to give us a call soon after the crash. We can go to work collecting evidence, determining how and why the collision occurred, and analyzing how your injuries may impact your future.
In our example of a driver who turns right on red and collides with a pedestrian in the crosswalk, we will investigate the crash and collect evidence to show:
- You were in the crosswalk at the time of the crash
- The motorist failed to check for pedestrians crossing the street
- This failure caused the accident
- You suffered injuries, and now need compensation to help cover your expenses
How can I hold the motorist liable?
Pedestrian laws are complex, and it can be difficult to know if you have a case unless you have specialized knowledge like a pedestrian accident lawyer does. Discussing your situation with a skilled attorney and trusting him to navigate the claims process for you is key to building the strongest case possible and collecting the maximum payout available from your claim.
To pursue and win a pedestrian accident claim, you need to understand the state and local laws about pedestrians and crosswalks. We have in-depth knowledge of these laws and how they can affect your case.
We will investigate your case, and identify any laws the motorist broke that led to your crash. Sometimes this is as straightforward as reviewing the police report, but it often requires additional resources and skills the average individual does not have access to. We also call in accident reconstructionists and other specialists to help us determine how your accident happened, and interview eyewitnesses to get a better idea of the driver’s actions just before the crash.
Once we complete our investigation and build a strong case, we prepare and file an insurance claim against the at-fault motorist. We demand the maximum amount of compensation your case supports, and fight aggressively to ensure you get a fair settlement from the insurance company.
We can typically negotiate a settlement for our clients, but occasionally the insurance company denies a claim or refuses to offer a fair payout. When this happens, we can file a personal injury lawsuit and have the court determine your compensation. We only have two years from the date of your accident to determine if we need to go this route, so it pays to act quickly and call us as soon as possible after your crash.
What types of damages can I expect from my Virginia pedestrian accident claim?
There are two primary types of damages available through the typical pedestrian accident liability insurance claim. This includes economic and noneconomic damages. We request both categories of damages in every pedestrian accident claim we file. Together, these types of damages cover:
- Emergency medical transportation
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Injury or therapy-related equipment
- Ongoing care and future care costs
- Lost wages
- Medical equipment
- Property damage for any items lost or destroyed in the accident
- Other accident-related expenses
- “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience
- Other emotional losses
Wrongful Death Damages
If you lost a family member in a Fairfax County pedestrian accident, the damages you can collect in a wrongful death claim are significantly different from the damages recovered by a surviving victim. We can help you file a claim and collect wrongful death damages that include:
- Funeral expenses
- The loss of future income
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of services your family member provided
- Other emotional losses
Call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC today.
A pedestrian accident can leave you with significant injuries, permanent disabilities, or even take the life of your loved one. You likely need help to hold the liable party responsible and get the compensation you need to cover your financial losses and help ease your emotional damages.
The legal team at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is ready to go to work on your case. Call us at 571-229-1800 for a complimentary consultation with our knowledgeable pedestrian accident attorney, Jim Parrish.