If you or a loved one has been hit by a car while walking or a car hit you and caused a bicycle accident, you know firsthand that the injuries can be severe, permanent or even deadly. What you may not know is how Indiana law protects you in the event of a hit and run and allows you to obtain compensation if the driver of the car was to blame for your injury.
An experienced hit and run pedestrian accident lawyer at Lloyd Law Office can help you understand your rights and get the compensation you deserve. We work with clients throughout Bloomington and surrounding areas in Indiana.
Simply call or contact us online today for help with your case. At your free consultation, our attorneys can answer important questions, including:
Who is to Blame for Your Pedestrian Accident After a Hit and Run?
Walkers can make dangerous choices such as stepping out from between parked cars onto the road, crossing against a light or failing to use a crosswalk. But in many cases, it is not a decision made by a pedestrian that causes a crash. Instead, the careless actions of a driver are to blame.
Some of the top driver mistakes that can result in hit and run or other pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Slippery pavement
- Visibility problems on roadways
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Backover accidents (drivers leaving driveways or parking lots without seeing someone behind their vehicle).
Children and the elderly are especially at risk of being hurt in pedestrian accidents.
What Should I Do After a Hit and Run or Other Pedestrian Accidents?
If you or a loved one was hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident or hit and run, you need to get prompt medical attention. Even if you do not think you have been badly hurt, you may have internal injuries that do not immediately manifest symptoms. Medical records will also show the extent of your injuries.
You also need to notify the police. A police report can help to prove who was to blame for the accident.
It is also important to call a pedestrian accident lawyer right away. Pedestrian accidents usually cause serious injuries because there is no vehicle to absorb any of the force of the impact. Your lawyer will seek full compensation for your losses.
How Can a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Help Me Pursue a Hit and Run or Pedestrian Accident Claim?
You can pursue a pedestrian accident claim against the driver who caused your crash. You should file your claim in court promptly to ensure you are within the statute of limitations. You can then pursue settlement negotiations up until a verdict has been reached in your case. In fact, many cases are settled before trial.
When you settle, your attorney will negotiate a fair payout from the insurance company representing the car driver. Do not settle for less than you deserve. You won’t be able to change your mind once you sign the settlement papers. Be sure you have a lawyer review the settlement agreement in order to protect your rights
Compensation should cover your medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering and emotional distress. In the case of a loved one’s death, you should seek compensation for lost companionship, funeral expenses, medical costs and lost income.
Unfortunately, some pedestrian accidents are hit-and-runs or caused by drivers with no insurance or inadequate insurance. If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM), then you can turn to your own insurer to pay your claim.
What Challenges Do I Face in Hit and Run or Pedestrian Accident Cases?
In a pedestrian accident case, you may face challenges both in proving the other driver was at fault and in showing how badly you were hurt. Your attorney will help you overcome the difficult parts of making your case and strive to make sure you are fully compensated.
Contact the Lloyd Law Office today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about obtaining pedestrian accident compensation.