Have you been the victim of a pedestrian accident? Learn what to do after a pedestrian accident injury here, then call our Naperville lawyers.
1) Choosing the Best Lawyer
We spoke to somebody last week who told us he had been involved in an auto pedestrian injury in Naperville. He wanted to know how to find the right lawyer for him. What we told him was you want to make sure that the lawyer you hire has handled pedestrian cases before and that the lawyer you hire is going to be the lawyer you have from the very beginning until the very end and that you develop a personal relationship with them. If you think that we can help with your pedestrian case or if you have any questions about pedestrian cases, please give us a call. We’d love to answer your questions for you.
2) Proper Steps To Take Action
If you are seriously injured as a pedestrian in Naperville or really anywhere, one of the things that you should do immediately is make sure that you call the police and get immediate medical attention. You want to hire a lawyer immediately, too. The reason why you want to hire a lawyer is because the longer the time goes by from the time you’re injured to you hire a lawyer, the more important evidence is lost. Witnesses disappear. It’s very important that you hire somebody that’s going to look out for your interest right away. If you have any questions about an auto pedestrian case, please give us a call. We’d love to answer them for you.
Sometimes clients call and tell us they were injured in an accident due to somebody else’s fault; either they forgot, they were in a hurry, or some people are just opposed to it still. What we tell those clients is you are able to receive compensation for injuries sustained in that car accident as long as the seat belt would not have prevented them. For example, if you’re struck from the side and you break your arm against the door, you have a valid claim for that injury. If by wearing a seat belt, however, you would not have struck your head on the steering wheel, for example, then you are not protected. It’s called the “seat belt” defense. What would happen is, although we would claim all of the injuries that were caused by the accident, the defendants are allowed to assert as a defense that because you weren’t wearing a seat belt those injuries should be either precluded or diminished because of your failure to wear that device.
3) Understand the Differences Between Pedestrian & Car Accident Cases
There are a lot of similarities between an auto accident claim in Illinois and a pedestrian auto claim in Illinois. There are some important differences. One of the important differences is, as a pedestrian, a driver has a duty to pay attention to their surroundings, that includes not hitting pedestrians who are right in front of them. If you have any questions about auto pedestrian claim, please give us a call. We’d love to answer them for you.
4) Partial Fault Pedestrian Accident
We spoke with a woman last week who told us that she had been hit while walking across the street by a car. She was walking her dog and she got hit by a car. She wanted to know whether or not, even if she was partially at fault, does she still have a case? The answer to that question is yes. In Illinois, we have something called comparative fault. As long as her comparative fault is less than 50%, she would still have a case. If you have any questions about a pedestrian auto case, please give us a call. We’d love to answer any questions you have.
Have you been the victim of a pedestrian accident in Illinois and have questions about what to do after a pedestrian accident injury? Contact our experienced Naperville pedestrian accident attorneys today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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