Lowell Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian collisions occur almost every day in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth is not the safest place for pedestrians due to negligent drivers, distracted drivers, and dangerous intersections. If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our personal injury lawyers in Lowell. Merrimack Valley Injury Lawyers offers free consultations near you.
Why You Need a Lowell Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
You may not need an injury attorney to pursue a no-fault insurance claim in Massachusetts. The state’s no-fault law makes it relatively easy to pursue compensation from your own insurance provider through a first-party claim. If you have minor injuries from the pedestrian accident, a first-party claim may successfully reimburse you without needing to pursue things further. If, however, the collision gave you serious injuries such as broken bones or a concussion, you may need an attorney’s assistance in going up against the at-fault party.
If you have grounds for a third-party lawsuit after a pedestrian accident in Lowell, hiring an attorney can make it easier to protect your rights and demand fair compensation. Your lawyer will know exactly how to pursue fair damages from a negligent driver, the City of Lowell, or another responsible party. From gathering evidence at the scene of your pedestrian accident to representing you during a civil trial, your lawyer will do everything it takes to ensure fair case results.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur in Lowell, MA?
It is important to understand why your pedestrian accident occurred if you have serious injuries and wish to pursue compensation from the negligent party. In this case, you or your lawyer will need to identify the appropriate defendant before filing your claim. The identity of this person will depend on the cause of the collision.
- Negligent or reckless driver. Driver error is the number one cause of pedestrian collisions in Lowell. Common examples of errors that lead to collisions are texting and driving, drunk driving, drowsy driving, failing to yield, speeding, and red-light running.
- Dangerous road or crosswalk. Some roads in Lowell are dangerous for pedestrians by design. If you believe your city or county is liable for your accident from designing an inherently dangerous road, sidewalk, crosswalk, or intersection, you may have grounds for a tort claim against the government.
- Construction zone or detour. If you had to take a detour on a walk or jog in Lowell due to a construction site, the company may owe you compensation for an accident. All construction companies have a duty to provide reasonably safe detours and adequate signage.
It is common to hear the comparative negligence defense during a pedestrian accident claim in Massachusetts. This defense is something a driver could assert as a means of avoiding a large payout. Comparative negligence states that you contributed to your own injuries and therefore deserve less compensation. A successful comparative negligence defense could reduce your compensatory award by an amount that matches your percent of fault.
Compensation Available During a Claim
At Merrimack Valley Injury Lawyers, our goal is always to maximize financial compensation for our clients. During a personal injury claim, we will do everything we can to optimize our client’s results. This can mean hiring experts, using accident reconstructionists, returning to the scene of the collision, talking to police officers and eyewitnesses, and taking other steps to build a strong claim.
While we know money is not everything, we have also seen first-hand how the settlements and verdicts we obtain for clients change their lives. An award for your medical bills, pain, and suffering, lost wages, out-of-pocket costs, and other damages could give you peace of mind during the most difficult time of your life.
Contact Us for a Free Case Review in Lowell
Someone most likely could have prevented your recent pedestrian accident in Lowell, Massachusetts. If the accident gave you or a loved one a serious injury, you will have the right to pursue compensation through a third-party claim. Find out how we can help during a free consultation at our local law office. Contact us online or call us directly to schedule yours.