Belleville Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Providing Compassionate Guidance After a Serious Accident and Injury
Many drivers don’t realize that pedestrians always have the right of way, whether they are in a marked crosswalk or not. This could be the reason why more than 4,000 Americans die each year from being hit by motor vehicles. On average, a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle and injured every eight minutes in this country, and a pedestrian is killed by a vehicle every two hours.
These are disturbing statistics that reinforce the need to hold negligent drivers accountable.
If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian, or lost a loved one in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident, you deserve to be compensated for the losses you’ve suffered. But, it would be a mistake to trust the driver’s insurance company to offer you fair compensation. They will attempt to get you to accept the lowest payout possible.
Instead, contact an experienced Illinois car accident injury attorney who will stand up to the driver’s insurer and get you the award or settlement you deserve. John Hipskind and Brady McAninch of Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, used to work for the big insurance companies and know all their tactics. We care about pedestrian rights and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. To get your claim underway, call (618) 230-3069 for a no-cost case evaluation.
Compensation for a Pedestrian Hit by Motor Vehicle
If you’ve been hit by a motor vehicle, the compensation you’re entitled to isn’t limited to your medical bills. You can also receive compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injuries or disabilities
- Future medical bills related to your injury
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Emotional trauma
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of a limb
- Household and vehicle modifications to accommodate your injuries (wheelchair ramps, steering wheel controls, etc.)
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
In general, you can seek compensation for any losses directly or indirectly related to the accident.
Compensation for the Wrongful Death of a Pedestrian
In the unfortunate event that you’ve lost a loved one in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident, you can seek compensation for the following:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before death
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (medical benefits, retirement, etc.)
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
- Loss of household services the deceased performed (childcare, bookkeeping, repairs, etc.)
- Punitive damages
Who Can Be Sued for a Pedestrian/Motor Vehicle Accident?
Any party that contributed to a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident can be named a defendant. This includes the vehicle’s driver; the municipality that designed and was charged with maintaining the road where the incident took place, if that contributed to the accident; the manufacturer of a defective traffic light; and the manufacturer of the vehicle or vehicle part, such as brakes or tires, if its failure contributed to the accident.
Statute of Limitations
In Illinois, an injured person or the family of a deceased person has two years from the date of the injury or death to file a civil claim. For this reason, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible, because a thorough investigation will need to take place before a claim is filed. Don’t delay; call the experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, for a free consultation at (618) 230-3069. We’ll do our best to take care of you and get you what you need to heal.