Omaha Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Legal Counsel for Pedestrian Accident Victims
Did you know that the most dangerous place to be in a car accident isn’t necessarily in one of the cars? Pedestrians are injured in car accidents at a higher rate today than they ever have before. While there are a number of suggested reasons for this, there’s no denying that pedestrian accidents are a serious issue that can cause life-changing injuries. If you have been injured as a pedestrian, you should not hesitate to call a pedestrian accident attorney in Omaha, NE as soon as possible to begin reviewing your options; you could be eligible to receive substantial compensation.
Entrust Your Case to a Firm That Cares
At Carlson & Burnett, we have many years of experience helping victims of pedestrian accidents seek financial relief for their injuries. Attorneys Clete Blakeman, Joe Risko, and Andy Wilson have more than 50 years of legal practice experience that they can put to work for your case. We believe that everybody deserves justice when they have been injured, but unfortunately justice is rarely guaranteed, and in many cases must be fought for. Our attorneys are powerful and trustworthy allies in and out of the courtroom, and can help you obtain the outcome to your case you are seeking after you have been injured.
For more information about your rights as a pedestrian in a car accident, call the Omaha pedestrian accident attorneys at Carlson & Burnett today at (402) 810-8611 to schedule a case evaluation.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Despite safety features like elevated sidewalks, dedicated crosswalks, and pedestrian-specific walkways, the number of pedestrians injured or killed in car accidents every year continues to rise. In fact, more than 4,700 people were killed and 66,000 were injured in the year 2013 alone. That’s an average of one person killed just over every two hours.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Jaywalking/crossing unsafely
- Loss of vehicle control
- Poor visibility of a pedestrian
Preventing Pedestrian Accidents
Preventing a pedestrian accident is a two-way street; both drivers and pedestrians themselves can follow a few best practices and make the roads safer for everybody. For drivers, always be alert and on the lookout for potential pedestrians, especially in slower areas with a large number of cars parked along the side of the road. Be extra cautious around crosswalks and intersections. Always follow the speed limit, and pay particularly close attention to the sides of the road when driving through a neighborhood or school zone.
For pedestrians, always cross at an indicated crosswalk, or at a well-lit area if one is not available. Never step out from between two parked cars or where a driver cannot see you. Stay alert, don’t become distracted by an electronic device, and if you are about to cross a street, make sure all vehicles see you and come to a stop; make eye contact to be sure.
What Should You Do If You Get Hit By a Car As a Pedestrian?
If you are ever struck by a car while in the crosswalk or in a parking lot, or anywhere else, you should follow the below steps to ensure you don't miss anything that could be helpful in a lawsuit later:
- Get medical attention immediately
- Be sure to keep a record (and take photos) of any injuries sustained
- File a police report if a statement is not taken at the scene of the accident
- Don't discuss who was at fault with the driver or the driver's insurance company at the scene of the accident; wait until you have discussed your accident with a lawyer
- Contact your insurance company to notify them of your accident; be careful what information you provide them with
- Discuss your accident with a professional pedestrian injury lawyer to ensure your case is in good hands going forward
Seek dedicated legal counsel for your injury claims; contact Carlson & Burnett today to speak with our bicycle accident lawyers in Omaha!