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Montgomery Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

As leading Montgomery injury attorneys, we advocate for individuals who have suffered due to someone else's negligence in Central Alabama. If you were struck by a vehicle while walking, you have the legal right to seek compensation. Our team at Floyd Hunter Injury Law has decades of local legal experience, and we are committed to assisting you every step of the way. Let us fight by your side for the full amount you're entitled to and secure the justice you deserve.

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At Floyd Hunter, our team of Central Alabama injury attorneys has decades of experience under our belt. We understand that pedestrian accidents are more frequent than most realize, and we know how intimidating it can be to face a legal claim when you’re dealing with the pain and damage done by the accident.

The legal process to claim compensation can be complicated, and you stand a better chance of recovering the full value of your claim with a seasoned legal advocate by your side. Our Montgomery pedestrian accident lawyers are committed to making this process as clear and straightforward as possible for you. Remember: as a pedestrian struck by a car, you’re not at the mercy of the driver or their insurance company. You have the right to fair treatment and compensation, and we’re here to fight for that right.

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The Rights and Duties of Pedestrians in Alabama

The laws regarding pedestrians in Alabama are covered by the Code of Ala. § 32-5a-210 to 32-5a-222 (2022). These laws touch on several important points that apply to both drivers and pedestrians, including:

  • Obeying Traffic Signals: Pedestrians must follow the instructions given by traffic lights and signs.
  • Crosswalk Etiquette: Pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks.
  • Jaywalking: Pedestrians should only cross at designated crosswalks.
  • Driver’s Duty of Care: Drivers have a duty to be careful around pedestrians

In addition to these, there are also specific rules and regulations applying to pedestrians on roadways, on sidewalks, and in safety zones.

We are familiar with the laws applying to pedestrian accident cases in Montgomery, and our knowledgeable representation can set you up for the best possible result in your case.

Are You Eligible for Compensation?

Understanding if you qualify to file a claim after a pedestrian accident can be complex. While the following questions may provide some clarity, the most accurate information comes from a consultation with our Montgomery pedestrian accident attorneys. We offer this service at no upfront cost and work on a contingency basis.

Pedestrian accidents can result from various causes such as distracted, drowsy, or intoxicated driving, speeding, or congested intersections. If you work with us, our legal team will investigate the details of your accident, determine the cause(s), and prove that the responsible party or parties acted negligently. Proving fault is one of the key aspects of a personal injury claim, including those involving pedestrians being hit by drivers.

If you’re being blamed for your accident, it becomes exponentially more important to hire a lawyer. Alabama’s pure contributory negligence law bars you from compensation if you’re even 1% responsible for the accident, and insurance companies will do anything they can to hold you liable so they don’t have to pay out.

The severity of injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident typically influences the amount of potential compensation. Such accidents often result in severe injuries as they involve a motor vehicle hitting someone who does not have the protection of a vehicle.

Common injuries include:

Alabama law allows an injured pedestrian 2 years from the date of the accident to file a claim for their losses. Missing this deadline would likely mean forfeiting your right to compensation. Since building a case can take some time, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer for a free case review as soon as you are able.

What Damages Can You Recover?

In Alabama pedestrian accident cases, compensation aims to cover the financial and emotional costs associated with the accident. While no amount of money can fully compensate for the physical and emotional trauma experienced, it can help ease the burden of unexpected expenses and losses. Below are some of the categories of damages you can expect to be accounted for in a Montgomery pedestrian injury claim.

Medical Expenses

Medical expenses form a significant part of the compensation injured pedestrians are awarded. This could include, but is no limited to:

  • Ambulance fees and emergency room costs immediately following the accident
  • Hospital stays, surgeries, medication, and other treatments
  • Future medical costs if long-term or lifetime care is needed due to severe injuries like traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage

Lost Wages and Decreased Earning Capacity

If your injuries forced you to miss work or reduced your ability to work, you could be compensated for:

  • Lost wages during your recovery period.
  • Decreased earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from returning to your previous job or working at the same capacity.

Pain and Suffering

This aspect of compensation covers the physical pain and emotional distress experienced as a result of the accident. It can be challenging to put a number on the toll the accident has taken on your mind and body, but factors such as the severity of your injuries, the impact on your daily life, and the duration of your recovery are considered.

Punitive Damages

In cases where the driver’s behavior was particularly reckless or malicious, punitive damages may be awarded. These are meant to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar conduct in the future: for example, if a driver was intoxicated or deliberately ignored traffic signals, leading to the accident.

Every case is unique, and the types and amounts of compensation awarded may vary. Consulting with an experienced Montgomery pedestrian accident attorney can provide a more accurate understanding of what you may be entitled to.

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What Pedestrians Should Do After Being Hit by a Car

If you’ve been struck by a car, following these steps can help protect your rights, physical well-being, and potential compensation:

  • Even if injuries seem minor, get checked out by a medical professional. Some injuries might not show symptoms immediately but could lead to health problems later.
  • Inform the police about the incident. The official report can serve as valuable evidence when you make a claim.
  • Document the accident scene, your injuries, and witness information, and save all medical records and receipts.
  • Consult with a Montgomery pedestrian injury lawyer from Floyd Hunter. We can guide you through legal procedures and work towards maximizing your compensation.

Floyd Hunter Injury Law Can Take Care of It All

The aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be overwhelming, especially if you’re left with expenses that keep piling up. With Those Thumbs Up Guys® at Floyd Hunter Injury Law on your side, you’re never left to face these challenges on your own.

Our dedicated team takes care of all aspects of your case, handling in-depth investigations, collecting and preserving evidence that supports your claim, taking on discussions with insurance companies, and always ensuring your rights are protected and your compensation is fair.

In addition to this support, we also manage all necessary paperwork and legal procedures associated with your case. We aim to simplify the process, breaking down complex legal jargon into understandable terms. Furthermore, we prioritize consistent communication, keeping you updated about every development in your case, every step of the way.

Choose Floyd Hunter Injury Law for steadfast support, comprehensive representation, and a commitment to your case that goes beyond the norm. You don’t just get a legal team; you get partners dedicated to your cause.