If you have been injured after being struck by a vehicle while walking, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the damages you have sustained. Understanding pedestrian accident compensation may be difficult without the advice of an experienced Stillwater personal injury lawyer. Here is what you need to know.
Understanding Pedestrian Accident Compensation | Shared Fault
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.
Understanding Pedestrian Accident Compensation | 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.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle, don’t waste time: contact our experienced Stillwater pedestrian accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.