Essential Steps After Pedestrian Accident

Consulting with an attorney is one of the most critical steps following a pedestrian accident. You may have been crossing the street or walking to your car in a parking lot when you were suddenly struck by a driver who was speeding, not paying attention, or generally careless. If the driver was at fault, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim to seek financial damages for the injuries you sustained. At the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote in Oklahoma City, our legal team is dedicated to fighting on behalf of the wrongfully injured. Reach out to our law office today to schedule a consultation to get started on your case.

Were you the victim of a pedestrian accident in Oklahoma City?

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, they are likely to sustain traumatic injuries. A typical passenger car could weigh 2,000 pounds or more. A large commercial truck could weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds. Considering the force of impact that any collision with a motor vehicle may involve, it is easy to see why a pedestrian would stand little chance of avoiding injury. In addition to the disparity in size and weight of the pedestrian and vehicle, pedestrians also have no protection against impact. A person in a vehicle is not only surrounded by a steel frame and thousands of pounds of metal, but they also have a seatbelt and airbag. A pedestrian has nothing.

Some of the injuries that a pedestrian could sustain in a collision include:

  • Closed head injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Broken or crushed bones
  • Damaged internal organs
  • Severe joint injury

If you were the victim of a pedestrian accident, do not let the driver and their insurance company try to lay the blame for the accident on your shoulders.

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Compensation for pedestrian accident victims in Oklahoma City

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, there are two types of compensation you could recover – economic and non-economic.

  • Economic damages: Medical costs, including emergency medical fees, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, property damage, lost wages, and reduced earning capacity.
  • Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment.

In some cases, it is possible for punitive damages to be awarded, though this is rare. Punitive damages are designed to punish the at-fault party for outrageously negligent behavior. Our team could work diligently on your behalf to maximize compensation.

Advocating for injured pedestrians in OKC

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important to hire skilled legal counsel to handle your case. At the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote in Oklahoma City, our legal team is prepared to fight for you, whether that means negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company or representing you in court. We know how difficult this situation is for you and will do what we can to relieve some of your burdens. Contact us today to work with a pedestrian accident lawyer in OKC who can protect your legal rights, investigate the facts, and work to prove a driver acted in a negligent manner, causing the injuries.

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