Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Phoenix
When a pedestrian is struck by a car, very severe injuries and even wrongful death can occur. Pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles are among the most serious injury claims we handle in our legal practice. Whether a person was hit by a driver who was talking on a cell phone, driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding or engaging in other negligent or reckless behaviors, the pedestrian has no protection against the vehicle and is therefore completely vulnerable to injuries. For these reasons, it is imperative for victims to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as the incident occurs to ensure their rights are protected.
Are You Entitled to Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrians in Arizona who are hit by motor vehicles have a significant chance of recovering damages. Did you know that even if you were outside of a crosswalk you may be entitled to compensation?
Hirsch & Lyon have more than 65 years of combined experience representing pedestrians who have been struck by motor vehicles. Our attorneys handle cases involving pedestrians who are hit by cars while walking inside of a crosswalk, as well as pedestrians who have been struck by vehicles outside of a designated crosswalk area. Although the claim is stronger when the pedestrian is inside of the crosswalk, we have successfully recovered financial compensation for clients who have been crossing the street outside of the crosswalk, commonly referred to as “jaywalking.”
When we represent a client who has been hurt in an accident, our legal team works quickly to initiate a complete investigation of the case. After you contact an attorney at our law firm, we will carefully analyze the pertinent issues surrounding the event, including:
- The speed of the motor vehicle
- Whether the driver was distracted
- Whether the driver should have been able to see the pedestrian
- The color of the pedestrian’s clothing if the accident occurred when it was dark or in the evening
- Ambient lighting such as the face of the moon and the location of any adjacent street lighting
- The number of lanes the pedestrian crossed before being struck by the vehicle
Whether you were hit while walking in a parking lot, crossing the street, or jogging on the sidewalk, a thorough investigation of the accident is essential. Working with a skilled attorney in early on, who will properly identify and preserve the evidence, can make all the difference in a successful recovery.
Coverage May Be Available Under Your Automobile Insurance Policy
Many pedestrians don’t realize that even if their own car was not involved in the accident, they still may be able to recover compensation if they own and insure a vehicle in Phoenix. Your automobile insurance contract has three coverages that may apply to your accident and help you to get fair compensation for your injuries:
- Medical payments
- Uninsured motorists
- Underinsured motorists
The coverages listed above are known as “portable coverages,” which means that they can apply even though you were a pedestrian. The attorneys at our firm are very adept in analyzing and interpreting complex insurance policies, and we will carefully review the language in your contract to identify all coverages that may be available in your case.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt when struck by car, truck or other motor vehicle, it is important to seek out the advice of a qualified lawyer as soon as possible. The attorneys at Hirsch & Lyon will stand up to the insurance companies to make sure you get fair and just compensation for your injuries.
Call us today at 602-535-1900 to schedule a free consultation, or contact us online now. Our law firm offers multiple office locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area, as well as in Bullhead City and Kingman, Arizona. We accept clients from Peoria, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale and more. We will even travel to your home or hospital bed to make sure you get the help you need.