Dining, shopping and walking along the Saugatuck River are pleasurable activities for many Westport residents. But the shock of being hit by a car while strolling downtown or in other parts of the city is anything but pleasant and can result in long-lasting physical and emotional pain. As active members of the Fairfield County community, the lawyers at MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport, Connecticut work hard to help pedestrians recover compensation when they’ve been struck by cars. Since 1961, our firm has put clients’ needs first and can promise you the same personalized representation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas, and a person is more likely to be hit outside of an intersection than within one. Accidents happen more frequently at night, when visibility is poorer. Children, people age 65 and older, and people under the influence of alcohol are more likely to suffer pedestrian accidents that individuals outside these categories.
In Connecticut, every intersection is considered to have a crosswalk, whether or not a sign indicates one. State law gives pedestrians the right of way at all crosswalks, though they are required to yield to drivers at non-intersections and when the “do not walk” signal flashes. If you or a loved one has been struck by a car, we will investigate the circumstances to build your case.
Pedestrians are completely exposed when hit by vehicles in collisions, resulting in injuries that are severe and all too often fatal. Common non-fatal injuries suffered by pedestrians include:
Our attorneys know that a poor decision made by a motorist can change a pedestrian’s life forever. We will seek full compensation for extensive and long-term medical bills and lost wages.
If you are struck by a car as a pedestrian, seek medical help as soon as possible. Shock may prevent you from recognizing the extent of your injuries right away. Doctors can look for potential head trauma, internal damage and other injuries. Getting prompt treatment may prevent worse problems, and your medical record will be an important part of any insurance claim you make. Unless the driver who hit you flees the scene, obtain his or her identification and insurance information if possible.
In Connecticut, a person who causes an accident is legally at fault for the injuries that result. Unless the injured person was more than 50 percent responsible, he or she may seek monetary damages from the at-fault party. A skilled personal injury lawyer can review the facts and develop an amount to represent the total damages.
Though drivers are often at fault for pedestrian accidents, a driver’s insurance company will likely try to place some of the blame on the pedestrian. Fault determinations are made based on evidence. Witness testimony and a police report can help clarify what happened. We may seek photographs or video from the scene that show the existence of a traffic sign or indicators of the driver’s actions, such as skid marks or damaged property. We will also enlist medical experts to document the full extent of your injuries.
Our experienced attorneys at MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport, Connecticut pursue full compensation for pedestrian accident victims. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our seasoned personal injury lawyers, call us at 203-916-1743 or contact us online.