A vehicle accident involving a pedestrian can result in fatalities and injuries. Usually, the driver of the car is presumed to be negligent. So, it’s normal for a driver to be worried about the aftermath of the accident. Moreover, victims of such accidents are even more concerned. One of the questions that come to their mind is: “Will I get compensation?” In this article, we have provided a clear and concise answer to guide you. If you’ve been hit by a car, experts at the Miller Injury Law Firm will work with you to get the compensation you are entitled to. Can you count on us? Yes! In less than eight years, we’ve recovered more than $10 million for injured individuals.
Can A Pedestrian Sue If Hit By A Vehicle?
Yes, but only if the driver was at fault. If the driver hits the pedestrian in the crosswalk, the pedestrian can sue the driver. On the flip side, if the driver did nothing to cause the accident, they can’t be sued. In the event where the driver is at fault, a pedestrian can sue for pain and suffering if there’s a permanent scar or injury. What comprises a permanent injury? If the injury or pain sustained during the accident didn’t go away after a few months. Thus, a pedestrian can sue for suffering. There are vital steps to take immediately after an accident. For example, the pedestrian should take photographs and hire an attorney to maximize settlement value.
Compensation A Pedestrian Can Get
If a pedestrian gets hit by a car, they might be able to obtain the following damages.
- Medical expenses
- Past pain and suffering
- Future medical expenses
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Punitive damages
- Mental anguish
- Funeral expenses
- Replacement value of lost property
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages and disability benefits
- Loss of capacity to enjoy life fully
Note that a pedestrian can only obtain a payout for this pain and suffering if the driver was at fault. However, if the driver isn’t at fault, no compensation will be given. And even in the event where the driver is at fault, the driver’s insurance will examine your condition to be sure you are entitled to these claims.
Will Personal Injury Protection Pay For Lost Wages And Medical Bills In Pedestrian Accidents?
Yes! But it usually happens if the pedestrian was hit in a No Fault state. For instance, Florida is a No Fault state. If the accident happened in Florida, Personal Injury Protection often pays nearly $10,000. This fee can either be paid to the victim for lost wages or to the pedestrian’s medical providers. However, when PIP doesn’t pay, the driver is expected to cover the lost wages and bills. In addition, they can get compensation for pain and suffering.
Did a car hit you as a pedestrian? Consult our skilled attorneys at the Miller Injury Law Firm. We have the experience and knowledge to help injured victims recover the compensation they are entitled to. When you work with us, you can be assured of the best legal advice and help. If you need a free consultation, contact us today!