Sadly, accidents between cars and pedestrians are common, especially in busy urban areas like Chicago. If you’ve been the pedestrian victim of such an accident, it is vital that you understand your rights. Read on to find out more.
Right of Way
As long as you were in a designated crosswalk, you had the right of way, and it was the driver’s responsibility to watch out for you. Hence, if you had the right of way, the driver’s negligence can usually be blamed for the accident. If you were not in a crosswalk, it may be more difficult to prove that you deserve damages, but it may not be impossible.
Right to Medical Treatment
During an accident, pedestrians are much more likely to be injured than drivers, and you have the right to receive complete medical treatment for your injuries. If you have health insurance, your policy should cover your injuries and other costs; however, if you do not have insurance, or if your insurance leaves you still owing significant amounts of money, you may want to consider asking for a settlement from the driver’s insurance company. If you’re interested in pursuing this course of action, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Right to File a Lawsuit for Additional Compensation
Medical bills may not be the only cost you experience from an accident with an automobile. Because pedestrians are so vulnerable, they can experience severe injuries that affect their abilities to work or to enjoy their lives. If you’re experiencing these circumstances, you should consult a personal injury attorney about obtaining compensation for these additional losses and costs through filing a lawsuit.
After a pedestrian accident, count on the personal injury attorneys at Malman Law to help you obtain the compensation you need. If you’d like to schedule a consultation in our Chicago office, call (312) 983-6193 today.
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