Birmingham Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
In 2016, 122 pedestrians died in Alabama traffic accidents. This was a 27% increase from the previous year. Over 700 other pedestrians suffered personal injuries in vehicle-pedestrian collisions. Birmingham pedestrian accidents can cause significant damage to victims and their families. If you or a loved one has serious injuries from a pedestrian accident, contact our Birmingham pedestrian accident lawyers today Salter Ferguson, LLC to discuss your case.
Pedestrian Accident Resources:
- Why Choose Salter Ferguson
- Do I need to hire a lawyer after a pedestrian accident?
- Pedestrian Rights in Alabama
- Types of Recoverable Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident
- Contributory Negligence
- How a Birmingham Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help
Why Choose Salter Ferguson, LLC?
- We take all personal injury claims on a contingency-fee basis. You will not pay attorney’s fees unless we secure you fair compensation.
- We offer off-site appointments with lawyers as needed, if your injuries impede your ability to visit our Birmingham offices.
- We have more than 30 years of combined experience in personal injury law.
- We believe in advocating passionately for client’s rights, with friendly and personal legal services.
Do You Need a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
A pedestrian accident attorney can give you peace of mind during this difficult time. Your lawyer can take over communications with insurance companies and settlement negotiations while you focus on recovering from your injuries. An attorney can also ensure an insurance company does not take advantage of you or convince you to accept a lowball settlement offer. If you suffered serious injuries, your case could involve complex legal processes. An attorney is better equipped than clients alone to handle these matters.
Understanding Pedestrian Rights in Alabama
In Birmingham, pedestrians always have the right-of-way at any intersection or crosswalk where no traffic-control signal exists or is operational. Pedestrians also have the right-of-way to cross a marked or unmarked intersection when the traffic signal gives a green or “Walk” sign. Pedestrians do not have the right-of-way, however, when crossing at places other than intersections.
Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to drivers when they do not have the green light or “Walk” sign at an intersection. Pedestrians cannot step off a curb if an oncoming vehicle is close enough to constitute an immediate hazard. Knowing your rights as a pedestrian in Alabama could help you avoid accidents and injuries. It could also help you decide if you have a personal injury claim.
Damages Recoverable in a Pedestrian Accident Case
A successful pedestrian accident case could result in financial awards for all damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and legal costs. You could qualify to recover these costs if you or your attorney can show evidence of your losses, such as with receipts, bills, or expense reports. Your lawyer will also need to prove that the defendant is liable for these damages, because his or her negligence caused your pedestrian accident. Alabama Code Title 6-2-38 states that you must file your pedestrian accident claim within two years of the accident. Meducal treatement and negotiations can take a long time so its important to file your claim as soon as possible.
Proving Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident Claim
It is the plaintiff’s burden to prove the defendant’s fault for the accident with a preponderance of the evidence. Proving negligence to receive fair compensation for a pedestrian accident requires gathering evidence such as eyewitness statements, expert testimony, and details from the scene of the collision. Photographs, police reports, and medical records could also serve as evidence against a defendant. Your attorney will need to demonstrate that the defendant owed a duty, breached this duty, and caused your pedestrian accident.
Contact Salter Ferguson Today
If you have any questions about your recent pedestrian accident in Birmingham, we can help. Our attorneys have years of experience handling pedestrian and bicycle accident cases throughout Alabama. We have the resources, knowledge, and determination to secure maximum results for your claim.
Whether your goal is to settle quickly for a fair amount or get the most you can from a personal injury trial, our lawyers can handle your case. We have years of trial experience and are not afraid to go up against major auto insurance companies in Alabama. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, contact us today. Request a free consultation at (205) 408-4357.