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New Haven is a fairly pedestrian-friendly city, but the reality is that vehicle accidents are not uncommon. These accidents often involve pedestrians who are in or around the roadway. At Jacobs & Jacobs, we are here to help if you need a New Haven pedestrian accident lawyer. If the careless or negligent actions of another driver have caused you or a loved one harm in a pedestrian crash, we will use our resources to investigate the incident and help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Pedestrian accident cases often become mired down because of the roadblocks put up by insurance carriers. However, a New Haven pedestrian accident attorney will have the resources necessary to fully investigate each situation and uncover all evidence needed to prove liability. This can include:
An attorney will also ensure that their client is evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can treat their injuries and help calculate their total expected losses. Even if the insurance carriers put up challenges, an attorney will negotiate vigorously for a fair settlement or prepare to take the case to trial if necessary.
If we examine data available from the Connecticut Crash Data Repository, we can see that there were 1,573 total vehicle collisions involving pedestrians during the latest reporting year in the state. Out of these incidents, there were:
This data reveals that the vast majority of pedestrian accidents in the state of Connecticut result in some sort of injury or fatality. Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable to severe injuries. Our bodies have no protection from the force of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds slamming into them. It is not uncommon for our attorneys to help clients who have sustained the following injuries in these incidents:
Pedestrian accident victims in New Haven could be entitled to various types of compensation for their losses. At Jacobs & Jacobs, our New Haven personal injury attorneys strive to recover various types of economic and non-economic compensation on behalf of every pedestrian accident client that we take. This can include, but is not limited to, the following:
The total amount of compensation awarded in these situations will depend on several factors, including the severity of the injuries, the level of the victim’s pain and suffering, and whether or not there was any shared fault for the incident.
We do want to point out that, even if the pedestrian does share some of the blame for causing their injuries, they may still be able to recover compensation. Connecticut operates under a “modified comparative negligence” system. This means that injury victims can recover compensation if they are less than 50% responsible for their injuries, though the total amount of payment they receive will be reduced based on their percentage of fault.
Pedestrian accident victims need to be aware that they have a limited amount of time to file these claims. First, we want you to know that the Connecticut personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. This means that pedestrian accident victims in New Haven have a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent driver. Failing to file a claim within this time frame will result in the victim being unable to recover the compensation they are entitled to.
However, the vast majority of pedestrian accident cases will be resolved through settlement with insurance carriers who require that these incidents be reported very soon after they occur. Failing to report a pedestrian accident injury claim to an insurance carrier within a day or two after the incident could result in the claim being delayed or denied.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by the negligent or intentional actions of another driver, reach out to the team at Jacobs & Jacobs for help as soon as possible. Our attorneys have the resources necessary to fully investigate these claims and help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial if we have to so we can ensure that you are treated fairly throughout this entire process. When you need a New Haven pedestrian accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling us at (203) 777-2300.