When you travel by foot, there is an inherent risk of a pedestrian accident. Pedestrian accidents can range in severity, depending on the specifics of the inciting incident. For example, an accident involving a speeding driver will likely result in longer-lasting injuries than one involving a driver who failed to yield on time. However, no matter the cause of the recklessness, the natural weight difference between a motor vehicle and pedestrian can have catastrophic consequences.
If you have been in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of another, you are owed compensation for your damages. At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, our team is ready to provide comprehensive services to get you the financial compensation and justice necessary to move forward after your accident. To schedule your free case evaluation today, don’t hesitate to call our Fall River office at (617) 391-9001 or use our contact form.
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Pedestrian accidents can result in a variety of expenses, including but not limited to:
When you fall victim to the reckless actions of another and are injured as a direct result, you are owed damages. Massachusetts currently entitles victims of personal injury accidents to file a claim with the negligent party’s insurance to recover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages will help cover your tangible losses, such as past, present, and future medical bills. Non-economic damages are there to help with the endured emotional trauma and intangible losses, such as pain, suffering, discomfort, and scarring and disfigurement. If your Fall River, MA pedestrian accident attorney finds your accident was a result of gross negligence, such as driving while intoxicated, you may be able to recover punitive damages as well.
Don’t try to handle the aftermath of your pedestrian accident alone. It’s important to remember that the insurance company is not your friend, and when you try to manage a personal injury claim without a Fall River pedestrian accident lawyer, you will likely end up with a low settlement offer or even a dismissed claim. Instead, when you partner with Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, you are hiring someone to work on the following important aspects of your claim while you focus on resting and recovering from your injuries:
After your initial consultation, our team will immediately begin investigating the circumstances surrounding your accident. In the case of a pedestrian accident, potentially relevant evidence to collect and analyze can include eyewitness accounts, traffic camera footage, detailed medical records, black box data, and expert testimony.
The collected evidence will be used to establish liability. This is done by actively demonstrating negligence has occurred. Your attorney will actively prove the at-fault party had a duty of care and that they breached it, directly causing an accident and your damages. For a pedestrian accident where a reckless driver is at fault, the breach of care is commonly speeding, failing to yield, distracted driving, or driving while intoxicated.
Massachusetts currently adheres to a modified comparative negligence law, which means you can still file a claim if you are found to be partially liable for the accident. For example, if you were illegally crossing the street, you would share a portion of the responsibility. As long as that percentage is not over 51%, you may still recover damages.
Massachusetts has a three-year statute of limitations deadline for filing a personal injury claim. This deadline begins the day of the accident. Your claim will be filed with the at-fault party’s insurance and must include a detailed representation of the full extent of your losses. One of the number one reasons for a low settlement offer is the failure to adequately represent the victim’s losses. Your Fall River pedestrian accident lawyer will ensure everything is included and handle all of the necessary negotiations afterward. If a worthy settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to take your case to court.
Our skilled Fall River pedestrian accident lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers are here to support you. Don’t let a negligent driver continue to get away with their reckless behavior. With over 45 years of experience, we are dedicated to securing financial justice and compensation for the people who need it the most. Our team possesses the knowledge and compassion necessary to take your case to victory. Co-founding partner Peter M. Merrigan has been recognized by outlets such as Super Lawyers and is ready to use his unique expertise on your case.
To take the first step towards seeking the compensation you deserve, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Schedule a free consultation with our Fall River pedestrian accident attorneys today by calling us at 617-391-9001 or filling out our contact form.
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