Shook & Stone is a local personal injury law firm with a long history of representing pedestrians who have been hurt in accidents. Our skilled auto accident attorneys have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car while walking, jogging, or crossing the street, contact a Reno pedestrian accident lawyer today. We offer free consultations, and we will not charge you a fee unless we recover compensation for your injuries.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
The Department of Motor Vehicles has collected data that suggests that Nevada is among one of the ten worst states for pedestrian accidents. While you may think that most of these accidents are a result of tourism, they are not. These accidents are a result of the following:
- Drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians;
- Distracted driving;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Failing to stop at a crosswalk or stop sign;
- Children crossing streets unattended;
- Pedestrians not utilizing crosswalks or disobeying traffic signals.
Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents in Reno often result in serious injuries, including:
Bones may be broken in a pedestrian accident when they are hit with the full force of a car. The most common bones to be broken in pedestrian accidents are the legs and the pelvis.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries often result in paralysis. A victim may lose the ability to move their arms or legs, or they may become quadriplegic or paraplegic.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can occur when a pedestrian is struck in the head with the full force of a car. These injuries can result in long-term cognitive impairments, including memory loss and difficulty concentrating.
Pedestrian accidents can also be fatal. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim.
How a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. An experienced Reno pedestrian accident attorney can help you by:
Conducting a Thorough Investigation
Your lawyer will investigate the accident to determine who is liable for your injuries. This will involve speaking to witnesses, reviewing police reports, and examining any surveillance footage that may be available.
In order to prove liability and damages, your lawyer will need to gather evidence. This will include medical records, pay stubs, and testimony from expert witnesses.
Negotiating With Insurance Companies
After a pedestrian accident, you will likely be contacted by insurance adjusters from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. These adjusters are trained to settle claims for as little money as possible.
Your lawyer will handle all communications with the insurance companies and negotiate on your behalf to help you recover the full amount of compensation you are entitled to receive.
Taking Your Case to Court
If the insurance companies refuse to offer a fair settlement, your lawyer will take your case to court. Our lawyers have a long history of success in the courtroom and will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Get in Touch With a Reno Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
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