Pedestrians make up a protected class when on the road in Edwardsville. This means that all parties, including private and corporate motorists, owe pedestrians an elevated duty of care. Parties who violate that duty of care can cause dangerous and even deadly accidents.
How can you hold those negligent parties accountable, though? When in doubt, turn to the pedestrian accident attorneys in Edwardsville. Morelli Law Firm can connect you with an Edwardsville personal injury lawyer who can help you fight for pedestrian accident compensation.
Our team brings years of combined experience to your fight for fair, post-accident support. If you have questions about your right to civil action, contact our team. We can represent your best interests as your case progresses.
How to Recover From a Pedestrian Accident
Your post-accident recovery is going to take time and resources. Fortunately, there are steps you can take even while still at the accident scene that make the process easier. You can:
- Work with emergency responders and other medical professionals to assess your physical losses
- Document the accident scene to later bring forward evidence of another party’s negligence
- Cooperate with police officers without admitting or accepting fault
- Collect witnesses’ contact information
- Collect the liable party’s contact and insurance information
- Contact an insurance provider within a few days of your accident
- Reach out to an Edwardsville pedestrian accident lawyer for legal support
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Filing a Pedestrian Accident Insurance Claim
Most of the time, you will have the right to file a claim with the liable party’s insurance provider immediately following a pedestrian accident. That said, the liable party must share their insurance information with you for you to move that claim forward. Some liable parties may flee the scene or otherwise refuse to offer you this support.
You can, in these cases, work with an attorney to assume legal action against the liable party. While you can’t initiate a criminal case against the offending party, you can bring your losses to a civil judge’s attention. In doing so, you can secure a personal injury case and the opportunity to fight for post-accident compensation.
When to Take Legal Action Against a Negligent Party
If you do want to take up civil action against a negligent party, you must do so within Illinios’s personal injury statute of limitations. 735 ILCS 5/13-212 gives you no more than two years to act on your losses.
Should you find yourself unable to compose a personal injury claim within that two-year period, let an attorney know. Our team can step in and complete your complaint before your statute of limitations expires. In doing so, we ensure that you maintain your right to legal action even as you take what additional time you need to recover from your losses.
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How to Assume Legal Action Against a Negligent Party
How do you go about building a pedestrian accident claim? Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Edwardsville can help you outline the process based on your particular circumstances. In most cases, though, you will need to:
Find Evidence of Another Party’s Misconduct
Your right to compensation gets established by the evidence you have of another party’s negligence. As mentioned, the parties around pedestrians on the road owe those pedestrians an elevated duty of care. You must bring forward proof that a particular party or parties violated that duty of care if you want to move your case forward.
Our attorneys can return to an accident scene on your behalf to gather evidence of another party’s negligence. We can also call on our professional network to connect with expert witnesses who can contribute to your case. The hard evidence that can make its way into your pedestrian accident claim can include the following:
- Statements from witnesses
- Physical debris
- Videos or photos of your accident
- Statements from emergency responders who treated your injuries
- A police report with notes about liability
Estimate the Total Value of Your Pedestrian Accident Losses
You also have an obligation to estimate what the total value of your pedestrian accident claim may be. A pedestrian accident lawyer in Edwardsville can help you break your losses down by their economic and non-economic standings. We can then use invoices, bills, and/or state precedent to determine the sum of those losses.
The losses that most often find their way into pedestrian accident claims can include the following:
- Emergency medical care
- Long-term injury treatment
- The restoration of damaged property
- Lost income or wages
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
Note that there’s no generalized settlement amount that you can refer to when establishing the value of your case. Our team treats each pedestrian accident claim as an individual case. You can trust us to account for all of your accident’s unique factors before presenting a judge with an estimate of the case’s value.
Contact a Morelli Law Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
Morelli Law Firm and its Edwardsville pedestrian accident attorneys stand up for pedestrians injured in recent collisions. You can turn to our team for help filing claims with insurance providers, communicating with liable parties, and staying ahead of accusations of shared fault. Our team can put our years of combined experience to use in your fight for fair compensation.
You can contact Morelli Law Firm today to schedule a free pedestrian accident case evaluation. Your first evaluation does not commit you to legal action.
Learn more by calling our office or reaching out to our firm through our online contact form.