Dothan Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Alabama injury lawyers seek compensation for people hit by cars

Even at relatively low speeds, cars and trucks can inflict catastrophic harm on someone who is walking or standing on a sidewalk. The Dothan pedestrian accident attorneys at Carey & Hamner, P.C. take on negligent motorists and their insurance companies to collect the compensation that Alabama victims deserve. You can count on us for strong advice and advocacy as we strive to maximize the payment you receive either at trial or through settlement negotiations.

Where do pedestrians get hit?

Crosswalks can be especially hazardous to pedestrians, especially when drivers are turning without paying proper attention. Distractions such as cell phones and impairment caused by drugs and alcohol make these situations even more dangerous. Other motorist actions that frequently lead to pedestrian accidents include:

  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian
  • Speeding
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Driving through a parking lot without paying attention

We interview witnesses, review physical evidence and retain accident reconstruction experts when necessary to determine exactly what contributed to a crash where a pedestrian was hurt.

Most common pedestrian accident injuries

Someone who is hit by a car or truck while walking has no defense against the force delivered by a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds. In cases involving severe injuries, it is important to hire a lawyer who has an extensive history recovering substantial damages in catastrophic cases. We assist pedestrians who have suffered:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal court injuries
  • Soft tissue damage

If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, consulting with an accomplished Dothan, AL wrongful death attorney can advise on you on how the personal representative of the victim’s estate can seek punitive damages against the liable parties.  

Can I sue if I get hit by a car?

You can directly sue the liable driver if you’ve been struck by a car or truck. Depending on the circumstances, you might opt to file a third-party claim with their insurance company. The state’s statute of limitations gives you two years from the date of the crash to commence litigation, but the sooner you get started, the easier it is to collect critical evidence.

What happens if the driver is uninsured?

Getting hurt in a hit and run accident or by a motorist who lacks sufficient insurance can seem like a serious problem. However, your policy’s uninsured motorist or Medpay coverage should reimburse you for healthcare costs even though you were not in your car at the time. Filing suit personally against the negligent motorist might be an option as well. 

Alabama pedestrian safety laws

Like vehicle operators, Alabama pedestrians are required to obey traffic signals. Failure to do so could lead to a finding that the victim of a collision was at least partly responsible for the incident and therefore isn’t entitled to any damages. Motorists are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians in designated crosswalks and at intersections where no crosswalk is marked. Even if you obtain substantial compensation, not all physical injuries heal, and an accident will cause a major disruption in your life. It’s wise to follow the rules, use sidewalks where they exist, look both ways before crossing and wear bright colors if you’re walking at night. Should you be hit by a car, get a medical evaluation as soon as possible, even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms. If you are able, taking pictures of the scene and getting contact information can strengthen your eventual legal claim.

Contact an Alabama pedestrian accident lawyer to schedule a free consultation

Carey & Hamner, P.C. advocates on behalf of people hurt in pedestrian accidents throughout Houston, Dale and Henry counties, as well as other Alabama locations. Please call 855-435-4797 or contact us online for a free consultation. We are located in Dothan.