Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Like most major metropolis areas, Chicago’s streets are routinely packed with drivers and pedestrians alike. Yet, despite the fact that foot traffic is normal, car accidents involving pedestrians are relatively common. According to the reports, the number of pedestrian fatalities has been on the incline for five years straight now. In 2013, there were 27 pedestrian fatalities. In 2017, there were 46.
Car accidents involving pedestrians are particularly bad and often result in injuries to the brain and spinal cord, and even death. Brain and spinal cord injuries can negatively impact a person’s life in a number of ways, as not only is treatment for such injuries costly, but also, such injuries often inhibit a person’s ability to work or perform everyday tasks on his or her own. Fortunately for victims, Illinois offers legal remedies to accident victims.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in Chicago, reach out to Michael T. Friedman & Associates. Our team represents those seriously injured by other negligent persons in cases involving all types of preventable accidents, including pedestrian accidents. Because the consequences of such accidents can be so overwhelming, we fight to recover damages on victims’ behalf and to help them understand their rights throughout the entire personal injury claims process.
Your Rights as a Pedestrian Car Accident Victim
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a pedestrian car accident, there are a few essential things that you should know. Those include the following:
- You Have a Right to Compensation: As a car accident victim, you have the right to pursue compensation through personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. If successful in your legal endeavors, you can recover financial compensation for damages resulting from the accident, including but not limited to medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional injuries, lost wages, property damage, and more.
- You Have the Right to an Attorney: Though it is not necessary to use an attorney to fight for your right to compensation, it is wise to do so. An experienced Chicago car accident attorney understands the legal system in a way that most non-legal professionals just do not. Moreover, a skilled lawyer knows how to negotiate with and combat stubborn insurance companies so as to ensure that you walk away with the maximum amount of compensation possible.
- Compensation is Not Guaranteed: Though you have a right to compensation, it is not guaranteed. For instance, if the insurance company can prove that you were more responsible for the accident than the driver, or that your own negligence caused the accident, you may lose out on your right to compensation entirely. For this reason, it is imperative that you work with a skilled lawyer who can fight the insurer’s claims in a smart and effective way and secure the compensation you need and deserve.
- Contributory Negligence: Illinois is a contributory negligence state, meaning that if the insurer can prove that you were partially responsible for the accident, your settlement can be reduced by the same percentage of fault attributed to you. For instance, if a decision maker decides that you were 30% responsible, your settlement would be reduced by 30%. However, if the insurer can prove that you were 50% or more responsible, you would lose your right to compensation entirely.
As we already mentioned above, you have a right to compensation, but there is no guarantee that you will receive compensation at the end of your legal battle. To increase the odds that you will walk away from your case victorious, reach out to the Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys at Michael T. Friedman & Associates to schedule your free consultation today.