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What Types of Compensation Can I Claim As a Pedestrian Hit by a Car?

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McHenry County pedestrian accident lawyerNearly everyone is in a situation at some point throughout the day that puts them in danger of being hit by a car. As a pedestrian, being hit by a car can be severely damaging, if not fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 76,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents across the country in 2019. In addition to that, there were more than 6,200 people killed as pedestrians in a car accident.  Pedestrians are at risk of suffering severe injuries, like broken bones or brain injuries, when hit by a car, mostly due to the sheer difference in mass and size between the person and the vehicle. In many pedestrian accident cases, the pedestrian is able to receive some sort of compensation, which can come in many forms.

Types of Compensation in a Pedestrian Accident Case

When you file a lawsuit against a person for any type of accident, you will need to address the amount and types of compensation that you are seeking to recover. When you are unexpectedly injured, the types of losses you experience can be widespread. In a personal injury case, you can recover many of these losses, which include:

  • Medical expenses - An award for any medical expenses you incurred would include any expenses you paid relating to emergency room visits, doctor’s visits, hospital stay costs, surgeries, prescriptions, and physical therapy. However, it is important to note that your medical insurance provider may expect reimbursement for any costs that they paid toward that medical care.

  • Loss of income - If your accident caused an injury that prevented you from working or earning income, you can include that in your requested damages. The other party would be responsible for the amount of income that you would have received if you had been able to work. Similarly, if you suffered an injury that prevents you from doing the same work or from working at all, you can claim any lost future income.

  • Pain and suffering - This refers to any physical pain and mental anguish you may have experienced because of your injuries. When determining the amount awarded for pain and suffering, multiple factors must be considered, including the type of injury you sustained, the length of your recovery time, and whether or not you will have lasting effects from the injury.

Contact a McHenry County Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyer

Each personal injury case is different, which is why you should speak to a Crystal Lake, IL pedestrian accident injury attorney if you have been injured in an accident. Our skilled team of attorneys has the experience needed to form a strong claim and aggressively pursue compensation when necessary. To schedule a free consultation to begin discussing your situation, call our office today at 815-338-3838.

 

Sources:

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/813060

Illinois State Bar Association State Bar of Wisconsin Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Illinois Trial Lawyers Association McHenry County Bar Association
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