Rather obviously, people walk all over Alabama. Whether you walk to work, for exercise, or are simply taking a leisurely stroll, you may be at risk. Pedestrians have very little protection from other motor vehicles, which is why when a pedestrian is struck by an oncoming car, he or she is usually severely injured. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you are most likely considering your legal options going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding financial compensation:
What most commonly causes pedestrian accidents?
There are several potential safety hazards on the road that contribute to pedestrian accidents. For example, low visibility, caused by insufficient lighting or overgrown vegetation very often causes pedestrian accidents. Additionally, poor weather conditions, such as heavy rain can cause cars to hydroplane or skid off the road and into a pedestrian. Poor road conditions or even negligent road design also may contribute to pedestrian accidents. However, the most common cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence. Some of the most common forms of driver negligence are as follows:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting and driving
- Smoking while driving
- Eating while driving
- Excessively speeding
- Driving while drowsy
- Failing to safely change lanes
- Failing to check blind spots
- Ignoring traffic signs and lights
- Disregarding other rules and regulations of the road
How can I recover compensation following an Alabama pedestrian accident?
To recover the financial compensation you need, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. To do so, you will have to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who is ready to fight in your corner. An attorney will help you recover the evidence necessary to prove your claim. Some of this evidence may include witness statements, security camera footage, pictures of the injuries you have sustained, medical documents, police reports, and more.
Additionally, once you file your personal injury claim, be very careful about what you post on social media. Insurance companies may be monitoring your accounts, just waiting for you to post something that may disprove your claim. If they find anything even remotely suspicious, they may use it as evidence to deny your financial compensation. Nobody should have to suffer at the hands of a negligent driver. If you have been injured, do not wait. Contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible who has what it takes to stand up to the insurance companies and recover the compensation you deserve and need.
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