If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you might be wondering if you have the right to file a claim against the driver who hit you. In some cases, pedestrians can receive compensation for their injuries, depending on the circumstances of the accident. The experienced Bellevue personal injury lawyers at our firm can help you navigate the claim process and fight for the maximum amount of damages. We have a proven track record of success in pedestrian accident claims, and we are prepared to put our resources and knowledge to work for you. Contact The Knowles Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation.
Proving Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident
To succeed in a pedestrian accident claim, you must prove that the driver was negligent. There are four main elements to proving negligence in a pedestrian accident: duty, breach, causation, and damages.
Duty: The first step is to show that the driver had a duty to use reasonable care while operating their vehicle. In most cases, this is not difficult since all drivers are required to take reasonable safety precautions to keep others on the road safe.
Breach: The second step is to show that the driver breached their duty of care. This can be done by showing that the driver was speeding, weaving in and out of lanes, running red lights or stop signs, or engaging in other dangerous driving behaviors.
Causation: The third step is to show that the driver’s breach of duty caused the accident. Your lawyer can do this by presenting evidence such as witness statements, video footage of the accident, or photographic evidence of the accident scene. Your lawyer can then explain the causal relationship between the evidence they’ve presented and the accident.
Damages: The fourth and final step is to show that you suffered damages from the accident. This can be done by presenting medical records, bills, lost wage statements, or other documentation of the damages you have incurred.
If you can successfully prove all four elements of negligence, then you will likely be able to hold the driver responsible for your injuries and recover compensation for your damages.
What To Do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you should always seek medical attention, even if you think your injuries are minor. Once you have been seen by a medical professional, you should contact an experienced pedestrian attorney immediately. They will be able to help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. In addition, an attorney can help to gather evidence and build a strong case on your behalf. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, taking these steps can help protect your rights and get the justice you deserve.
Deadline for Nebraska Pedestrian Accident Claims
In Nebraska, you must file a pedestrian accident claim within four years from the date of when the accident took place. After that time period has passed, you are barred from taking legal action. There are some exceptions to this rule, however, so make sure you speak with a lawyer right away.
Why You Should Choose The Knowles Law Firm
At The Knowles Law Firm, we understand the difficulty of finding a lawyer you can trust. It’s important to find a firm that is patient and listens respectfully to what happened, but it’s just as important to find a firm that will fight aggressively for your rights. The lawyers at our firm embody all the qualities necessary to take on your case.
- We have been handling pedestrian accidents for more than 30 years.
- We have recovered millions of dollars through settlements and verdicts.
- We treat all our clients with the respect they deserve and are always available to answer questions you have about your claim.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, chances are it wasn’t your fault. In almost all cases, drivers are liable when they strike pedestrians with their vehicles. However, there are a few exceptions where pedestrians may be partially responsible for accidents. To learn more about these exceptions and how to prove negligence on behalf of the driver, contact The Knowles Law Firm today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.