Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Prince William County
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When a car strikes a pedestrian, the resulting injuries are often devastating or even fatal. Often, the accident occurs because the motorist acted negligently or carelessly and failed to see the pedestrian in time to stop. If a driver’s negligent behavior caused your accident, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
At the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, we help families recover from catastrophic accidents. We can file a claim on your behalf to collect money to cover your accident-related damages as well as pain and suffering. Call us today at 571-229-1800 to schedule a free case evaluation and to learn how to pursue justice in your case.
When might I be entitled to compensation for a pedestrian accident?
You might be entitled to compensation if you can prove your pedestrian accident resulted from another party’s negligence. Per Virginia law, drivers must slow down or stop when approaching a crosswalk with a pedestrian in it; failure to do so may result in a traffic citation.
If your injuries occurred in a crosswalk, we will work to pursue compensation from the driver’s auto insurance provider.
When we review the facts of your case, we can help you determine if we can recover your damages through a Virginia insurance claim. Identifying the party or parties responsible for your injuries is key in getting the money you need to pay for your treatment and other losses.
It is important to note that if you played a role in your accident, you will likely not be entitled to compensation. For example, any of the following could make you ineligible to recover compensation:
- Walking outside of the crosswalk
- Crossing against a signal
- Stepping into the street while intoxicatedor distracted
- Crossing when you had the right-of-way but a vehicle was already turning or proceeding through the intersection (even though you had the right-of-way, you could have avoided the accident by waiting until the driver turned or proceeded through the intersection)
If you believe you played any part in your accident, call us as soon as possible so we can begin investigating your case and building a defense against any accusations of fault.
How can a pedestrian accident lawyer help me hold the driver accountable?
We understand how the state and local laws regarding pedestrian and vehicle right-of-way works, and can identify if and how the motorist violated laws and caused your crash. We can:
- Visit the scene of the crash, collect evidence, and work with accident reconstruction specialists to determine exactly how your injuries occurred.
- Interview any witnesses of the crash, and review the police report to ensure the investigating officers did not miss anything important to your case.
- File a claim based on the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy. We will aggressively pursue the maximum amount of compensation available to you based on the facts of your case, helping you recover the money you need to pay your medical expenses and ongoing care costs, and cover other losses.
- Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company in most pedestrian accident cases. If this is not possible in your case, we have two years from the date your injuries occurred to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. While litigation is not the best option for every case, it can be the best route to full compensation for some pedestrian accident victims and their families.
And remember, we do this on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us unless you win your case.
What types of damages can I collect in a Virginia pedestrian accident claim?
You can collect a wide range of damages through a Virginia pedestrian accident claim. This includes:
Economic damages include all your actual financial losses and future expenses from the accident. While these damages differ from case to case, you can claim almost any accident-related expense as a damage. This includes everything from your ambulance ride to the hospital to a needed operation. Some common economic damages include:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Expenses related to therapy and related equipment
- Ongoing care costs
- Future care needs
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Wheelchairs, hospital beds, and other medical equipment
- Miscellaneous accident-related expenses
Noneconomic damages, more commonly known as “pain and suffering” and inconvenience, are the emotional losses you experience because of the accident and the physical pain you endure. We estimate the value of these damages based on your economic damages, the nature of your injuries, and how your injuries impact your everyday life. We encourage our clients to keep a journal of their daily activities and pain levels, and track any limitations they encounter because of their injuries.
Occasionally, a judge may award punitive damages after a pedestrian accident. These damages are only available if the negligent driver acted in an intentional or particularly reckless way. Drunk or intentionally harmful drivers are among those who might have to pay punitive damages to accident victims.
Wrongful Death Damages
If your loved one passed away from pedestrian accident injuries, the type of damages your family can recover differs from those a surviving victim could collect. We can help you file for compensation for funeral expenses, the loss of future income, and emotional losses such as loss of companionship, guidance, and other services your family member provided.
How can I reach a pedestrian accident attorney in Prince William County?
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Prince William County pedestrian accident, you need a knowledgeable attorney from the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC to help you collect the compensation you deserve. Call us at 571-229-1800 to schedule a time to discuss your case with pedestrian accident attorney Jim Parrish for free.