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Upholding your recovery rights in car vs. pedestrian accidents

Frequently when we see stories about traffic accidents, the focus is on the drivers and the passengers. Less frequently asked is the question of whether there were any pedestrians involved, but in a modern society in which people on foot must coexist with automobiles and trucks on a daily basis, the rights of the pedestrian can too easily forgotten. Some drivers can lose sight of the fact that it is not just other drivers they need to be looking out for, and the result can be that something as simple as crossing a street can become a life-altering injury event instead.

If a car driver wrongly contests your right-of-way as a pedestrian, it can be for a variety of reasons: he was on the phone, texting or talking; or was distracted by a passenger or something else happening in the car, like groping for that cigarette lighter that fell to the floor; or maybe even under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicant that reduced his ability to react properly to your presence in the crosswalk. Regardless of the reason why you are struck, the outcome is usually the same: you lose, at least in the short term. 

Your injuries from being hit by a car or a truck can be catastrophic. Assuming that you survive the encounter, costs of recovery can be equally catastrophic even if you have health insurance.

Unfortunately, you may not be able to count on the driver or his automobile insurer to be sympathetic. They may even attempt to avoid responsibility by blaming you for what happened. As Connecticut attorneys experienced with representing injured pedestrians, we at Jacobs & Dow understand how this can occur. And we also know how maddening it can be to negotiate with the other side to achieve a satisfactory outcome when it comes to compensating you for your injuries.

We are advocates for pedestrians who became involved in automobile accidents. We make sure that your rights to compensation for your injuries are firmly and if need be aggressively represented, whether in settlement negotiations or in court. If you have been the victim of such an accident, you can find out more about how we can help by calling us at 203-772-3100 or communicating with us online. Initial consultations are free, and we do not collect a fee unless we win your case.

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