Pedestrian accidents are not uncommon. Unfortunately, when they happen, they are also among the most devastating types of auto accidents, as pedestrians typically don’t have more than the shirt on their backs to protect them from the force of a moving vehicle. That said, fortunately, those who’ve been harmed as pedestrians may have a path to compensation, as long as they first retain the services of a seasoned pedestrian accident lawyer. Shane Hall Attorney at Law, PLLC has fought on behalf of accident victims in Pike County & throughout Kentucky for decades, and they are here to fight for you as well.
You do. Though you can technically file a personal injury claim without legal representation, it is never advisable to do so. Insurance companies will immediately try and take advantage of you, as they will do so even with competent representation in your corner; however, a seasoned attorney is familiar with these tactics and can effectively combat them on your behalf in an effort to get you fully and fairly compensated. If you need a Pike County, KY auto accident lawyer to represent you, you’re in the right place.
Pedestrian accidents can and do occur for a number of reasons, but most often, they are a result of negligence. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include the following:
After sustaining an injury in a pedestrian accident, we will have to gather and present various forms of evidence to satisfy the burden of proof i.e. prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence. For example, if we can prove that you were lawfully crossing the road when a drunk driver ran a red light and crashed into you, liability for the accident should be assigned to that driver and you should be entitled to compensation.
That said, if the driver can prove that the pedestrian is at fault for the accident, such as by running out into the middle of the road and into oncoming traffic while the light was green, the person may no longer be entitled to compensation.
In a case where both parties may share some blame, however, such as if the pedestrian was technically jaywalking, but the other driver was recklessly speeding and under the influence, for example, the pedestrian may be entitled to a reduced amount of compensation under Kentucky’s pure comparative negligence law.
In the state of Kentucky, those who’ve been harmed in auto accidents are required to file their injury claims within two years. This timeframe is referred to as the statute of limitations. If you wait longer than two years from the date of your accident to sue, you will permanently lose your right to do so.
If you or a loved one is a pedestrian accident victim, our firm is here to help. Contact Shane Hall Attorney at Law, PLLC today.