For the most part, we are extremely vigilant when crossing the street, but pedestrian accidents still occur. These accidents can be extremely serious and even deadly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about pedestrian accidents in Connecticut and what to do in the event of an injury.
Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Pedestrian accidents can be caused by any number of factors. Common causes include inclement weather, hazardous road conditions, or faulty car parts. But, the majority of accidents are a result of driver or pedestrian negligence. Some examples of negligence include:
- Speeding drivers
- Drivers who fail to pay attention to stop signs, street lights, or crosswalks
- Driving without headlights in bad weather or at night
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Pedestrians who are not paying attention while they walk
- Pedestrians who fail to cross in the crosswalk
Types of Compensation?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. An injury can take a serious toll, financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally. As a result, there are two types of compensation you can recover.
- Economic damages: medical expenses, lost wages, the cost of rehabilitation, the need to hire in-home care, and more.
- Non-economic damages: pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
In order to recover compensation, you will need to prove that your injury occurred due to another party’s negligence. This can be done by calling the police, seeking medical attention, taking photos and videos of the scene, and gathering the contact information of the driver and any witnesses.
Statute of Limitations
If you wish to file a personal injury claim, you will need to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years. This means that if you fail to file within two years of your accident, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid this, contact a personal injury attorney to help you with your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Connecticut, contact our firm today. We will fight to recover the compensation you deserve. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.
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Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. If you need an attorney who is ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Our firm deals with matters relating to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.