How Can a Mobile, AL Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Every day, people can be seen walking on sidewalks throughout Mobile and other parts of Alabama. Most of the time, pedestrians and drivers go about their business with no problems. But when drivers don't follow the rules of the road, an accident can happen that leaves a pedestrian seriously injured or killed.
Pedestrians have no protection when they are hit by a car, and their injuries can be extensive. They can suffer broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or amputations. A pedestrian struck by a car may not be able to walk temporarily, or permanently. And there could be months of surgeries, hospitalization, prescription medications and physical therapy following the accident. He or she won't be able to work, and will face rising medical expenses.
Mobile, AL attorneys at Braswell Murphy LLC can help pedestrians or cyclists injured in an accident seek damages from negligent drivers. In one case, we recovered $100,000 after a client was struck by a vehicle as she attempted to cross the street in a crosswalk. If you've been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact us to learn how we can help you recover damages. We offer a free case evaluation.
"What are the causes of pedestrian accidents?"
Driver negligence is a common cause when pedestrians are hit by a car. A rising problem has been distracted driving. A driver is busy texting, talking on the phone or changing the radio station and briefly stops paying attention to the road. And the driver looks up too late to notice that the light has changed, or that a pedestrian is in the crosswalk.
A driver may also be negligent through reckless driving. Examples of reckless driving include speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, changing lanes suddenly, tailgating, failing to yield or running a stop sign or red light. Since they have such little regard for traffic rules, they usually don't think about pedestrians they may be putting in danger.
Other drivers involved in pedestrian accidents might be drunk or on drugs. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) for driving is under .08. But even at lower levels, alcohol can affect a driver's reaction time and decision-making. And at higher levels, their vision may be affected, leaving them unable to see a pedestrian. Drugs can have similar effects.
"How can you help my pedestrian accident case?"
If you've been injured in a pedestrian accident, call police. Take photographs of the scene, if possible. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses, and ask them to talk to police, as well. If you contact us immediately, we can send one of our investigators to the scene.
We will review all evidence, including medical records, police reports, driving records, photos, witness statements and other documentation. We may also consult experts to determine how the accident happened. If we find proof that the driver is negligent, we will fight to protect your rights.
Braswell Murphy can represent you in your dealings with the insurance company, to make sure you receive the compensation you should be getting. And we can help you take legal action to recover damages against the negligent driver and any other responsible parties. You owe us nothing until we get results.