Nevada Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Helping Injured Pedestrians Recover
Why Hire a Nevada Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian accidents can result in long-term injuries, costly medical bills, and mounting financial pressure. You can recover compensation from the driver that hit you to pay for these expenses. You may also be entitled to non-economic damages, like pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Pedestrian accident lawyer Stephen Osborne has been representing injured victims in Nevada since 1992. He can help you recover damages to help ease the financial burden caused by your injuries.
What Are the Top Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise across the United States. Nevada is especially prone to pedestrian accidents due to the increase in foot traffic in its busiest cities. Unfortunately, numerous pedestrians on busy city streets can lead to pedestrian accidents that cause severe injuries and deaths. If you often travel in a busy city, as a pedestrian or a driver, you should be aware of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents, so you can avoid them.
Reckless or Distracted Drivers
Drivers who are reckless or distracted are one of the main causes of pedestrian accidents. Drivers who do not obey traffic laws at crosswalks and those who fail to look for pedestrians are especially dangerous. Likewise, drivers who text or talk on cell phones while driving may be unaware of their surroundings and put pedestrians at risk.
Drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol put pedestrians and other motorists in danger. They have slower reaction times, may be unaware of their surroundings, and often exhibit poor judgment.
Poor Weather Conditions
Rain, snow, and ice can contribute to slippery road conditions, which can make it difficult for drivers to stop in time to avoid pedestrians. Further, rainwater can cause cars to hydroplane into crosswalks or jump curbs. When cars are out of control, pedestrians are at risk.
Twilight and nighttime cause problems with reduced visibility for drivers. Drivers might have an even more difficult time seeing pedestrians when they wear dark clothes. If you plan to walk at night, you should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight to increase your visibility.
When pedestrians walk on busy streets while impaired, they are also increasing the risk of pedestrian accidents. They may be less vigilant, walking in front of cars or crossing against the light. They may also fall in crosswalks, making it harder for drivers to avoid them.
Many drivers making left-hand turns only pay attention to the traffic lights and surrounding vehicles. They may not be aware of crosswalk signals or pedestrians. They may turn when traffic is clear without first checking for pedestrians, leading to left-turn accidents that cause severe injuries.
Contacting an experienced pedestrian accident attorney at the Law Office of Stephen H. Osborne at (775) 789-4944 today can put you on the right course to recovery.
Compensation Available for Injured Pedestrians
Pedestrians who are involved in car accidents often have extensive injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. You may need surgeries, extended hospital stays, and ongoing therapy. Hiring a pedestrian accident lawyer to represent you in a personal injury lawsuit can increase your chances of winning compensation to cover these expenses. In Nevada, the following types of damages may be available.
Your pedestrian accident lawyer can prove economic damages in a pedestrian accident claim by showing medical bills, lost wages, and other direct costs associated with the accident. The most common economic damages in pedestrian accidents are medical bills. If you are involved in an accident, you should keep records of your medical treatments, surgeries, medicines, and therapies. You can also show lost wages if you missed work due to your injuries. Your records can help your accident attorney determine the value of your claim.
You may also be able to recover non-economic damages after your pedestrian accident. Non-economic damages usually consist of compensation for the pain and suffering victims suffered. The value of non-economic damages is difficult to determine. It is typically based on the amount of economic damages a victim receives. Your pedestrian accident attorney must gather enough evidence to accurately convey your pain and suffering to an insurance company in the case of settlement or a jury in the case of a trial.
Punitive damages are intended to punish wrongdoers for their actions. When a driver causes a pedestrian accident through extreme recklessness or intentional actions, the court may determine that punitive damages are appropriate to discourage him or her from committing similar acts. Punitive damages are rare in personal injury and pedestrian accident claims. Courts only award them in the most egregious cases.
Common Injuries Sustained by Pedestrian Accident Victims
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Internal injuries and organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries or paralysis
- Bone breaks and compound fractures
- Permanent disabilities that can come from traumatic brain injuries or other physical injuries
- Lacerations and road rash
- Traumatic amputations
- Scarring and disfigurement
What To Do If You’re Hit by a Car in Nevada
- Call 911 for emergency medical treatment. Your first concern should be your well-being, especially if you have suffered severe injuries.
- Gather evidence from the scene if at all possible. You can take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries.
- Obtain the other driver’s information. Record the name of the driver, his or her contact information, and insurance information.
- Collect the names and contact information of any witnesses. They can be a valuable source of information.
- Record the exact location of the accident and any details you can remember. You may forget details as time passes.
- Call an attorney. Call pedestrian accident lawyer Stephen H. Osborne to increase your chances of winning your claim.
Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits
A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time you have to take legal action after an accident. In Nevada, you have two years after a pedestrian accident to file a claim against the driver. If you wait longer than two years to file your claim, the court will most likely dismiss your case, and you will not be able to recover any damages.
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FAQs About Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits in Nevada
Is a Pedestrian Accident Claim Different from a Car Accident?
The main difference between a pedestrian accident claim and a car accident is that the driver’s attorney and the insurance company may have a better chance of arguing that you were not paying attention and were therefore partially at fault. This is a common tactic in pedestrian accidents, and the main reason that collecting evidence and having a good pedestrian accident lawyer is so important.
What if I am Partially at Fault for the Accident?
Nevada uses a modified comparative negligence rule. That means you can be partially at fault in a pedestrian accident and still recover damages as long the court or a jury determines that your negligence was 50% or less responsible for the accident. If they determine that you were more than 50% at fault, you will not be entitled to recover damages.
What if I’m Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident?
Sometimes, cars that hit pedestrians flee the scene rather than stop and help. If you suffer an injury in a hit-and-run accident, you should enlist a pedestrian accident lawyer to see if you can determine who the driver was. There may be witnesses to the accidents or nearby security or traffic cameras that captured the car’s license plate. If you can track down the driver, you can file a claim against him. If you cannot find the driver, you may be able to use the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage under your car insurance policy to cover your medical care. A pedestrian accident lawyer can help you navigate the best steps to take in a hit-and-run situation.
What Type of Injury Lawyer Do You Need?
At the Law Office of Stephen H. Osborne, we take on the most complicated accident and injury cases, and win. What type of injury lawyer do you need?