There may be no more serious auto accident than those involving a car striking a pedestrian. Unprotected pedestrians are likely to suffer serious injuries such as fractures, scarring, head injuries, and even death. Many pedestrian accidents will result in permanent injuries.
Pain, Suffering and Expenses
Like all personal injury cases, you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The amount received for pain and suffering is variable and to ensure the most value for your injury, you need to hire an experienced and talented attorney.
Coming Up with a Dollar Value
Only a jury of your peers at trial can determine what your case is truly worth. Personal injury attorneys and insurance adjusters consider recent jury awards along with recent settlement amounts and compare them to your case. For instance, if a jury recently awarded $130,000 to a victim who broke an arm in auto accident, this amount might become a starting point in negotiations if you have sustained a broken arm. Of course this is only a starting point and there are hundreds of other variables that need to be considered. Some considerations include: The strength of your liability case, the amount of insurance available, age, nature and severity of the injury, permanence of the injury, impact of injury on work and family life, costs of litigation, etc.
Knowing When to Settle
The decision to settle a case is always yours, although an attorney can offer his opinion and advise you of your options.
You also need to be aware that your uninsured and underinsured motor vehicle coverage will likely cover your injuries even though you were not in a vehicle when struck. In other words, if the driver who hit you carries only the State minimum in liability, you may turn to your auto policy for further compensation if you carry uninsured motorist.
Don't Settle Too Quickly
These are very serious accidents and you need to find the right attorney to handle the case. A quick settlement might not be in your best interest because it often means less money and no consideration for long term or permanent injuries. If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle, contact our office right away for a free consultation.