Recently involved in a pedestrian accident in Michigan?
We all know that being hit by a car can have devastating and traumatic consequences, and having to deal with legal procedures after that can make it even worse. If you are a pedestrian who has been hit by a car in Michigan, you may be entitled to financial compensation and benefits.
Did you know that pedestrian traffic deaths in the U.S. increased 11% in 2016 compared to 2015? This is the largest annual increase in both the number and percentage of pedestrian fatalities in 40 years. In total, 165 pedestrians were killed in 2016 in the state of Michigan. Furthermore, 1,852 pedestrian injuries were reported last year across Michigan.
Many municipalities in Michigan are using public education to promote pedestrian safety as well as share-the-road messaging; however, this kind of accident still happens. If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident in Michigan, we recommend consulting with a pedestrian accident attorney to determine the benefits that you may be eligible for in your particular situation. By calling BEST FIRM, you will be referred to a well-known pedestrian accident lawyer in Michigan who can determine what your rights are and help you in these difficult times.
What are my rights if I have been hit by a car as a pedestrian in Michigan?
People who live in urban areas are especially vulnerable as they are more likely to walk or take public transportation. Most of the time, pedestrian accidents are caused by the negligence and inattentiveness of an automobile or motorcycle driver. But many factors raise the risk of pedestrian injuries, such as:
- Congested roadways
- Unmarked crosswalks
- Lack of sidewalks
- Driving or walking under the influence of alcohol
- Increased aggressive driving
- Use of smartphone while driving and walking
But it also happens that pedestrians are responsible for their injuries, for instance when they ignore the “walk” signal at an intersection or choose not to use the designated crosswalk areas. Pedestrians, as well as drivers, should be as alert and cautious as possible. A few simple precautions can prevent the worse:
- Wearing reflective gear at night
- Look both ways when crossing
- Pay attention to the stop lights and signs on the streets
- Always use sidewalks when available
Unfortunately, accidents happen, and when a pedestrian is hit by a car, serious injury or death can result because of the lack of physical protection. Pedestrian accident injuries involve among others:
- Loss of limbs
- Brain and spinal cord damage
- Thorax injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
If you have been hit by a vehicle while walking, you have the same right to recover money damages as drivers that have been in auto accidents -even if the driver had no insurance- including compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Sometimes even punitive damages
Pedestrian accident attorney in Dearborn and Detroit, Michigan
If you or someone you know has been hit by a motor vehicle while walking, BEST FIRM can help you to make sure your legal rights are protected and to obtain the compensation you deserve for your pain. BEST FIRM pedestrian lawyers are highly experienced in assisting pedestrians who have been injured in accidents in Dearborn and Detroit, Michigan. We will work diligently to maximize the compensation you can receive and help you achieve the best possible settlement. Our skilled pedestrian attorneys can help you is you are living in the following locations:
- Sterling Heights
- West Bloomfield Township
- Ann Arbor
Having to file a lawsuit after being struck by a vehicle can be a struggle. Call BEST FIRM for help and let us fight for the payout you deserve!
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Dearborn, MI 48120