Unfortunately, some drivers do not take adequate care to avoid pedestrian accidents, which can result in severe injuries. Pedestrians have little protection from oncoming vehicles, which is why such collisions often result in multiple broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, road rash, and more.
If you’ve suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian accident, Pacific West Injury Law can help you obtain the damages you need to support your road to recovery. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Las Vegas will advise you of your rights and fight for the compensation you’re owed.
Compensation For Injured Pedestrians In Las Vegas
If your injuries are severe, you may face a considerable amount of medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional turmoil. At Pacific West Injury, we believe that injury victims deserve compensation for every financial loss and emotional hardship they’ve endured due to their accident.
That’s why our pedestrian accident attorneys from Las Vegas will fight for you to receive the following damages:
Economic damages can be used to cover the tangible losses you’ve taken as a result of your accident. They can cover any medical treatment, prescriptions, aftercare, physical therapy, or assistive devices you need to recuperate from your injuries.
These damages can also make up for the wages you’ve missed while taking time off work to go to the doctor and rest up. If your injuries have left you permanently unable to work or earn the amount of money you used to, economic damages can help you support yourself.
Non-economic damages can make up for losses that are harder to quantify than medical expenses and missed wages. For example, if you’ve been experiencing a great deal of physical pain, these damages can compensate you for your pain and suffering.
If you’ve experienced feelings of anxiety or PTSD after the crash, non-economic damages can help you cope with your mental distress. Lastly, these damages can be added to your claim if your injuries have significantly reduced your quality of life.
Punitive damages can be used to punish the guilty party for their gross negligence or extreme disregard for the safety of other motorists and pedestrians. These damages are usually reserved for accidents in which the at-fault driver exhibited extremely careless behavior.
What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident
If you’ve been in a pedestrian accident, you might feel incredibly overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. First, take a moment to catch your breath and evaluate your injuries. If your injuries aren’t too serious, take the following steps before you get checked out by a medical professional:
- Call the police
- Take down the driver’s contact information and insurance details
- Take photos of your injuries and the accident scene
- Talk to witnesses and take down their phone numbers
- Contact an attorney ASAP
Completing these steps will help your attorney build a solid claim and increase the likelihood that you’ll receive a fair payment for your injuries and financial losses. Once you’ve taken the above-mentioned steps, we urge you to seek medical attention. A physician can identify any injuries that may have been masked by the shock and adrenaline rush of the accident.
Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents In Las Vegas, NV
Generally speaking, most pedestrian accidents occur due to negligence on the driver’s part. That being said, there are a number of different ways that a negligent driver can cause harm to a pedestrian. If a careless motorist has hit you, you’ll want to work with any attorney who has experience dealing with the type of accident you were injured in.
Throughout their careers, our lawyers have investigated and filed claims for a variety of different pedestrian accidents. They have the legal know-how necessary to secure compensation for injuries and losses sustained due to the following acts of driver negligence:
- Backing up without looking
- Turning, especially completing a left-hand turn, without looking
- Distracted driving, including using a cell phone or programming a GPS
- Failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or to follow traffic signals
- Poor weather conditions, especially those that limit visibility
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by one of the above-mentioned acts of negligence, a pedestrian accident attorney from our firm in Las Vegas can help you pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
A Las Vegas Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Prove Negligence
Drivers must yield to pedestrians on the road and should exercise care to avoid pedestrian accidents. Consequently, the driver who struck you will likely bear liability for the accident.
However, the pedestrian may be partially liable for the accident in some cases.
If you had a hand in causing the accident you were hurt in, you can still collect compensation for your losses. Nevada’s comparative negligence standard allows you to pursue damages even if you were partially responsible for the crash, so long as your percentage of fault isn’t higher than 50%.
If you are found to be more than 50% responsible for the accident, you’ll be barred from receiving damages. A pedestrian accident attorney from our team in Las Vegas will find the evidence they need to prove that the driver is liable for your losses. They’ll also work hard to reduce your percentage of liability if you are partially to blame for the incident.
Common Injuries In A Pedestrian Accident Case
Pedestrians may suffer a variety of injuries as a result of their collision with a passenger vehicle. Here are some of the conditions and injuries our attorneys have filed claims for in the past:
- Traumatic brain injury: According to the Mayo Clinic, traumatic brain injury can result in loss of long-term and short-term memory, challenges with focus and concentration, and emotional difficulties, including mood swings.
- Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries can result in full paralysis below the site of the injury. Incomplete spinal cord injuries may result in a loss of function.
- Broken bones: Many victims throw out their hands to catch themselves as they fall, resulting in severely broken bones and a loss of independence and mobility while healing.
- Road rash: As the skin drags across the pavement in a serious pedestrian accident, it can result in severe road rash, which may come along with the symptoms and risks of a severe burn.
- Amputations: In severe cases, a pedestrian accident can result in the complete loss of a limb, often due to the crushing force of the accident.
If you suffer any type of severe injury in a pedestrian accident, an attorney from our Las Vegas location can help you understand your rights, including how much compensation you may deserve for those injuries. Contact Pacific West Injury Law to learn more.
Statute Of Limitations For Pedestrian Accident Claims In Las Vegas
According to Nevada Revised Statutes § 11.190, auto collision victims have two years from the date of their accident to file a civil lawsuit. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Las Vegas are aware of this statute and all the other rules and regulations that your suit must abide by.
To ensure that your attorney has enough time to investigate your accidents, build a strong case, and file your lawsuit, we ask that you contact our firm as soon as possible. Giving us enough time to construct a winning lawsuit will ensure that your suit is filed on time and dramatically increase your chances of receiving comprehensive compensation.
Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Will Maximize Your Insurance Settlement
An experienced attorney can help you maximize the compensation you receive after your accident. In some cases, the insurance company may attempt to decrease its financial burden by offering you a low settlement or by trying to prove that you caused or contributed to the accident. They may even claim that you have exaggerated the extent of your injuries.
Many victims feel pressured to accept whatever compensation the insurance company offers since they may need those funds fast or fear that they will miss out on compensation altogether. We urge you never to accept an insurance settlement before having a lawyer look over the offer.
Pacific West Injury Law can negotiate with insurers and turn lowball offers into high-value settlements. We’ll do everything we can to help maximize your compensation as much as possible, from investigating every element of the claim to ensuring that all parties that may share liability are identified and held liable.
No Fee Unless You Receive A Settlement
The pedestrian accident attorneys at our office in Las Vegas offer their counsel and advocacy on a contingency fee basis. In other words, they work for a portion of the insurance settlement or court-ordered compensation you receive at your case’s end.
If your case is unsuccessful and you aren’t awarded compensation for your losses, you won’t have to stress about paying your attorney out of pocket. However, if you do receive payment from insurers or the defendant, your lawyer will take approximately one-third of your winnings.
Our clients are thrilled with the legal services that our pedestrian accident attorneys in Las Vegas provide. In fact, dozens of them have written to us to express how grateful they are for our expertise and effective advocacy.
To see what people have to say about our personal injury firm, check out the reviews on our client testimonials page. If you were on the fence about working with our team, the testimonials you read will change your mind.
Call Pacific West Injury Law Today For A Free Consultation
The Las Vegas pedestrian accident attorneys at Pacific West Injury have the experience and legal knowledge required to obtain a high-value settlement for you. They’ll investigate your accident, build a persuasive claim or lawsuit, and negotiate with insurance companies to maximize the compensation you receive.
To get started on your claim, contact our firm today. We’ll meet with you to learn more about your accident and injuries via a free case review. If we decide to take on your case, we’ll get started on the claim-filing process shortly.