Albuquerque and Mesa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Wood Injury Law, PLLC advocates for pedestrian accident victims and their families.
Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in New Mexico and Arizona
With little protection when walking, pedestrian accidents are among the most dangerous, often leading to catastrophic injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these accidents also have a high fatality rate. The NHTSA reports that New Mexico’s fatality rate was 3.96 for every 100,000 people in 2019. Arizona wasn’t much better, with 2.91 fatalities per 100,000 residents.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you might be eligible to collect damages. Contact our pedestrian accident lawyer to discuss your case. Then you can take the next steps to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
There are numerous causes of pedestrian accidents, but some of the most common are:
- Driving too fast for the road conditions
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
Regardless of the cause, these accidents often lead to devastating injuries. Reach out for a free consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyer. You might be eligible to collect compensation for medical bills, future medical care, lost wages, and more.
What To Do If You’ve Been In A Pedestrian Accident
First, you need to get in a safe place, away from the traffic. However, do not move if you think you have a neck injury. Next, call 911 or law enforcement to come to the scene. This will allow you to get medical help and make a police report.
If you can do so, take photos and videos of the accident scene, and get information from the witnesses. However, do not do this if you are seriously injured. Instead, ask a witness to do it and forward you the information.
Then see a healthcare provider assess your injuries. Make sure you follow the provider’s instructions and keep your follow-up appointments.
Then contact a pedestrian accident lawyer for help. The lawyer can speak to the other party’s insurance company on your behalf. This is vital since any information you provide to the insurance adjuster can be used against you when seeking a settlement or judgment in court.
Should You Deal With The Insurance Company Directly?
The at-fault driver’s insurance company might contact you immediately after the accident to get a statement and offer a settlement. Insurance adjusters employ numerous tactics to get victims to take low settlement offers, saving the insurance company money. Unfortunately, these low offers rarely include enough money for long-term medical care. Also, you might not get money for lost wages or diminished earning capacity if you take the first settlement offer.
Instead of speaking with the insurance company yourself, have your pedestrian accident lawyer do it for you. Then your attorney can value your claim and negotiate for you. If the insurance company refuses to provide a fair settlement, the lawyer can escalate the claim to court. Then your lawyer will prepare to show evidence to support your compensation claim.
Why Choose Wood Injury Law?
Can You Collect Damages If You’re Partially Responsible?
It’s possible that your actions contributed to the pedestrian accident. For instance, you might have been under the influence or failed to follow the traffic signals. Still, you could be eligible to collect damages under the doctrine of comparative negligence. New Mexico and Arizona allow victims to file legal claims as long as they are less than 100 percent at fault. First, discuss your case with our pedestrian accident lawyer. Then our firm can determine the degree of fault (if any) and take the next steps to file a claim.
Do You Have A Case?
Our pedestrian accident lawyer will review the evidence to determine if you have a case. First, we must prove that the other party owed you a duty of care but breached it. Then we have to prove that the breach caused the accident, and you have quantifiable damages, such as injuries. If you’re unsure if you have a case, reach out to us today. You’ll consult one-on-one with our attorney during your initial meeting. Then you can find out if you have a case and the next steps you need to take to collect damages.
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