A pedestrian accident can leave you with catastrophic physical injuries, mental and emotional trauma, and ongoing medical expenses. If you or someone you love was recently hit by a car, our Gastonia pedestrian accident lawyer can help. On your behalf, we will request coverage of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
You are entitled to compensation from the negligent driver, so we work hard to define their financial liability. We also support the families of pedestrian accident fatalities. Our team will review your case at no cost and explain the steps we take on your behalf. At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we build the strongest possible case for you and fight hard to negotiate a financial settlement with the at-fault driver and their insurer.
In a collision between a pedestrian and a car of any size, the pedestrian is at a distinct disadvantage and is more likely to suffer serious or life-threatening injuries. Among commonly reported injuries are:
- Head and neck injuries
- Back and shoulder injuries
- Limb breaks and fractures
- Facial and dental injuries
- Road rash and bruising
- Cuts, scrapes, and scratches
Our pedestrian accident lawyer will obtain your medical, rehab, and therapy records and bills. They will substantiate your injuries, their severity, and the known and expected costs of your treatment protocol.
Recoverable Damages for Injured Pedestrians
A pedestrian accident can leave you with long-term medical bills at the same time that you are unable to work. When we represent you, we request compensation for economic damages that include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Property damage or total loss
Recoverable non-economic damages include physical disability, physical disfigurement, ongoing pain and suffering, mental and emotional anxiety, and diminished quality of life.
Our law firm also works hard to obtain compensation for your family after the loss of a loved one. In addition to the costs of the decedent’s funeral and burial, we help you recover the following wrongful death damages:
- Loss of your loved one’s income
- Loss of their household contributions
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Loss of guidance and support
We also explain how this type of lawsuit is filed and which family members can benefit from a wrongful death action.
Put Our Pedestrian Accident Attorney to Work Right Away
Recovering from a pedestrian accident can mean a long period of healing. North Carolina, though, gives you a limited time to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. In general:
- If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, you have three years to file your personal injury lawsuit, according to G.S. § 1-52.
- If someone you love was fatally injured in the accident, your family has two years to file its wrongful death lawsuit, according to G.S. § 1-53
You could be prohibited from filing your lawsuit at all or it will be dismissed without being heard if it is not filed on time. Our pedestrian accident attorney works hard to meet the required statute of limitations and protect you from the costly consequences of filing your lawsuit too late.
Building a personal injury case is a huge legal undertaking. It can also be stressful and time-consuming. Our familiarity with state and local laws means our law firm can do the hard work for you.
Our pedestrian accident lawyer handling your Gastonia case will:
- Interview supporting witnesses
- Assess your recoverable damages
- Obtain copies of your police report
- Build a compelling evidence file
- Obtain your medical records and bills
- Draft and file your case
- Negotiate a settlement
Our Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC team knows how hard it can be to wait for news on your case, so we keep you updated on its progress. We also negotiate a settlement and will not hesitate to take your case to court if needed.
How We Prove the At-Fault Driver’s Negligence
If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, we work hard to understand its cause by documenting where it happened and by investigating the driver’s actions. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports on pedestrian accidents, the majority (82%) happen in urban areas, and only 15% occur at intersections.
Other frequently reported cites include:
- Road shoulders
- Parking lanes
- Bicycle lanes
- Nontraffic areas
You can recover compensation from the driver who caused your accident by establishing their negligence. The four elements of negligence we prove for your case include a duty of care, a breach of duty, causation, and damages. The evidence we collect for you will prove these required factors.
The Importance of a Strong Evidence File
The majority of pedestrian accident cases are settled without going to court. This usually happens based on the accumulated evidence. When we build your case file, we collect the following:
- A police report detailing the accident’s cause and key contact information
- Medical records and bills describing your injuries and treatment costs
- Employment records confirming your known and anticipated lost wages
- Accident scene photos, injury photos, and accident scene reconstruction
- Statements from expert medical witnesses
Our investigation will uncover the evidence you need to support your right to financial recovery. Leave it to us. We take care of all of it for you rather than taxing you or your family with evidence collection. Our goal is to steer your case toward a settlement rather than a lengthy trial.
If you or a loved one was injured after being struck by a car, our Gastonia pedestrian accident lawyer can help. While you focus on getting better, our law firm will take care of all the details of financial recovery.
Take the stress and strain out of recovering compensation after your accident. Contact our case review team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC to get started today.