When you step into the crosswalk or jog along a street, you shouldn't have to be afraid for your life. Sadly, the road signs and driving laws that have been put in place to protect pedestrians are often ignored, leading to serious injuries.
Our Bridgeport pedestrian accidents attorneys at the Law Offices of James L. O'Rourke have spent the last two decades helping victims of pedestrian accidents hold careless drivers accountable for the injuries they have caused. We know the pain you are going through, and we are fully equipped to help you pursue justice.
Helping You Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable For The Damage They Cause
Led by founding lawyer James L. O'Rourke, our Connecticut personal injury law firm offers convenient office locations in Stratford, Shelton and Stamford. Since our inception in 1993, we have been helping clients who have endured catastrophic injuries resulting from the actions of negligent drivers, including:
- Running a stoplight
- Not signaling a turn
- Distracted driving, including those who are texting while driving
- Drivers falling asleep at the wheel or driving drowsy
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive driving
- Jaywalking/crossing in the middle of the street
Pursuing The Compensation You Deserve After A Hit-And-Run Accident
It is a sad fact that pedestrians are often the victims of hit-and-run accidents. Drivers who are distracted, drunk or otherwise negligent often panic after striking a pedestrian and fleeing the scene.
In addition to further endangering the victim, fleeing the scene can also make it more difficult for the victim to recover compensation for his or her losses. Fortunately, there is a way for victims to claim payment for their losses even if the hit-and-run driver is never apprehended.
If you have been injured in a hit and run, you can use the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage on your auto insurance policy to help you pay for your losses. This coverage is an important safety net designed to pay for your losses if you are not able to recover the appropriate amount from the negligent party. As your law firm, we will work closely with you to prepare an effective uninsured motorist claim in the aftermath of a pedestrian accident.
Premises Liability In Pedestrian Accident Cases
We can also assist if your injuries were caused in part due to the negligence of a premises owner. Every year, pedestrians across America are harmed on private streets and parking lots due to poor traffic controls, insufficient security and poor maintenance.
As soon as you consult with the Law Offices of James L. O'Rourke, our team will go to work learning about your accident and helping you understand how Connecticut laws apply to your case. We are committed to obtaining maximized compensation for our clients so that they begin to heal from their physical, emotional and financial damages.
Pedestrian Liability In An Accident
In most cases, drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians whenever possible. However, crossing traffic against a red light, jaywalking and not crossing in a crosswalk often make victims believe that they are totally at fault for the accident. This is not the case. While you may have some responsibility if you were illegally crossing or were in an area of the road not meant for pedestrians, drivers still have some liability. If you find yourself in this situation, do not write the case and your injuries off as a loss. You need the help of our firm, and attorney O'Rourke, who knows how to handle these types of situations.
What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident
If you are hit by a car while you are a pedestrian, it is important that you take immediate action and follow some basic steps in order to protect yourself and your rights:
- If you are injured, seek immediate medical attention.
- Gather evidence at the scene of the accident. If you do not require the care of emergency medical professionals, it is important that you gather all information and evidence from the accident scene that you can. This can include pictures of the vehicle that struck you, any traffic control devices (such as signs and lights), your location after the impact, witness statements and/or contact information, the other driver's contact and insurance information, and more if possible.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you do not believe that you are seriously injured, it is best to be on the safe side and have yourself evaluated by a doctor as soon as you can after the accident. This not only ensures that any injuries can be treated, but also establishes the extent of your injuries.
Since the vehicle that struck you may not have any damage, the driver's insurance company may try to deny that a serious accident occurred. However, your medical records can demonstrate the severity of your injuries and detail the doctor's professional opinion about what caused those injuries.
- Enlist an attorney. Whether you simply discuss your case during a free consultation or you retain a lawyer immediately, talking with an attorney is the best way to fully know your rights and what can be done after your accident.
Contact Our Stamford Crosswalk Accident Victims Attorneys Today
If you have been hit by a motor vehicle, our attorneys can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Call 203-864-4427 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at one of our three Connecticut office locations. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.