Stillwater Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you were hit by a vehicle while you were out walking and suffered serious injuries, you need the help of our Stillwater pedestrian accident lawyer to fight the insurance companies and obtain you the full compensation available.
If you have been hit by a car while you were walking or running, we first want to express how sorry we are that you have to suffer due to someone else’s negligence. No one deserves to have their life turned in its head because a driver had to finish a text and didn’t deign to look up to see you in the road. Here at Murray Law Firm, we want you to feel supported in your quest to receive full and fair compensation for your damages.
Understanding Pedestrian Accident Causes and Compensation
When someone is found liable, they are determined to have caused the pedestrian accident and will have to provide your compensation. In these particular cases, there are two possible liable parties; the pedestrian or the driver. More often than not, it is the driver of the vehicle that hit you. More commonly, we find that the pedestrian is not at fault.
Most accidents of this nature occur in crosswalks. These are areas where one would expect to find someone crossing the road hoping not to get run over. In less common accidents, a pedestrian may be found at fault for the accident if they crossed the road somewhere other than a crosswalk, and they did not look to see if traffic was coming.
Common reasons for pedestrian accidents include:
- Cell Phone use. This is either when the driver illegally using their cellphone to search the web, send a text, or watch a video, or if it is the pedestrian who did not look up from their phone to check for traffic before crossing the street.
- Sometimes a driver may have seen you too late before they run into you because they were going too fast and did not have time to put their brakes on. That accident would not be the fault of the pedestrian if they took all necessary precautions before crossing.
- Running stop lights/ stop signs. When a driver fails to yield, stop, or wait for a green light, they may cause a pedestrian accident.
- Failing to use a turn signal. If a driver is going to turn, but does not use their signal, you may have looked at that car coming down the road and thought it safe to cross the street because they were going to be going straight, but they end up hitting you.
- Disregarding weather conditions. If it is a rainy day, and the driver is not adjusting their speed for the weather, they may hydroplane when they slam on their brakes and hit you because they were being negligent.
As you may have already gathered, these accidents are entirely avoidable. The only reason they happen is because someone was acting negligently. Our job as personal injury attorneys is to find out who is liable and how much of the accident they are liable for. The insurance adjuster’s job is to determine that you are entirely at fault and should not receive compensation for this accident.
Oklahoma is a “shared fault” state, meaning that the insurance adjuster has to find you 50% or more at fault in order to keep you from receiving compensation. We will fight them on that. We want to make sure they do not take advantage of you.
What you should also know about shared fault is that you can receive compensation if you’re at fault, it just needs to be less than 50%. The only downside of being found at fault from 1% – 49% is that you will have your award reduced by the percent you were found at fault for. Let’s say you were found to be 10% at fault. If you are awarded $100,000, you will have that reduced to $90,000. That is why it is so very important that you have a Stillwater pedestrian accident lawyer.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
As previously mentioned, the insurance company wants to keep you from getting rightful compensation. Our mission is to protect you from their tactics. They will try to reach out to you after the accident. They know you’re probably in bad condition and you may be getting pain medicine in the hospital, but they’re not worried about what state of mind you’re in. They only care that they can get a statement from you. In that statement, they’re hoping you’ll say something that they can use against you later on. If you answer the phone and are polite and say, “I’m good,” when they ask, “How are you?” They’re going to take that as in you’re healthy and well and don’t need compensation. Even if you were just getting out of surgery when you said that, they’re going to try to use that against you. When they come calling, you should already have an attorney. You can give them your attorney’s information and tell them that your attorney will be taking all communications.
In rare instances will the insurance companies offer you a fair settlement offer right off the bat. They may call you and ask you not to seek representation. They’ll offer to give you a settlement if you don’t hire an attorney. That’s a trick you need to avoid. Don’t play into that. Let your Stillwater pedestrian accident lawyer help you decide if the first offer they come up with is fair. More often than not, it’s a pittance.
Taking the Right Steps
Of course, the most important thing to do after an accident is get to a medical professional as soon as possible. You may be in bad condition and require an ambulance. Don’t resist getting on the ambulance if you’re in pain. This will be the best move you can make for yourself and your safety. If you are seriously injured, but not in critical condition, make sure you see a doctor shortly after the accident. You may not need the ambulance ride, but go to an Urgent Care center to get your injuries looked at and documented. Having these injuries properly recorded will help us to make a full recovery in your claim.
Next, if you are able to, collect evidence from the scene of the crash. Take pictures of everything. Take a video of the scene in its entirety. Talk to witnesses and get their contact information. Get the contact information and insurance information from the driver who hit you as well. All of this will be crucial evidence in our claim.
Last, make sure you see an attorney as soon as possible. In Oklahoma, you have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim or settle your claim. I would highly advise that you do not wait out this statute of limitations. If you come to us with a week left, there’s nothing we can do to help you. There are critical steps we as attorneys need to take in order to build a strong case for you. We need time to do so.
Contact Our Experienced Stillwater Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
If you know you need an experienced Stillwater pedestrian accident lawyer, please call our office today for a free consultation. We want to protect you from the tactics the insurance companies use and we will fight tirelessly to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.
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