Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in New Britain, CT
Hit By a Car in New Britain? Carter Mario Law Firm Can Help!
Every 85 minutes, a pedestrian dies in a traffic accident. Whether you are crossing a busy street in a crosswalk or strolling down a country road, you should not have to worry about being hit by a car. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to pay attention, drive too fast, and get behind the wheel after consuming drugs and alcohol.
When someone else’s bad behavior causes you to suffer an injury or loss, you may be entitled to compensation. Carter Mario Law Firm can help you get it. We are always available to hear what happened and search for the best possible solution.
Get the legal help you need – call us at (860) 590-9933 today.
What Are the Most Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents?
Lower-extremity injuries are the most common injuries in pedestrian accidents because cars impact the lower half of a pedestrian’s body. Other common injuries include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Sprains, strains, and dislocations
- Head and neck injuries
- Fractured ribs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- And more
The severity of injuries in a pedestrian accident depends on the speed of the car and the affected body part(s). Some people walk away from pedestrian accidents, and others leave the scene in an ambulance. No matter what, pedestrian accidents can be life-changing.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious or catastrophic injury in a pedestrian accident, our New Britain lawyers are here to help.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
Distracted driving and speeding are the leading causes of pedestrian accidents and fatalities. Drivers must keep an eye out for pedestrians at all times, and high speeds can be fatal for pedestrians because they do not have a car to protect them.
Alcohol is also a huge risk factor for pedestrian accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47% of fatal pedestrian crashes involved alcohol for the driver and/or the pedestrian. While walking home under the influence may not be the safest choice, driving under the influence is illegal. Additionally, the CDC reports that most pedestrian accidents occur outside of intersections in urban areas and at night.
Drunk, distracted, and otherwise negligent drivers can face liability for pedestrian accidents. Our New Britain pedestrian accident attorneys can help you hold wrongdoers accountable.
What Steps to Take if You Are Hit as a Pedestrian
If you get hit by a car, call for help immediately. You may be able to reach your cell phone and dial 911, or you may need a bystander to intervene. If you can, move yourself out of traffic and check yourself for injuries while you wait for help to arrive.
Even if you don’t feel like you need medical attention, call the police, and have a medical professional examine you. Internal injuries and other life-threatening injuries may not be visible or emerge right away. Before you leave the scene of the accident, try to collect the driver’s name, address, driver’s license number, license plate, and insurance information. If you can, take pictures of the scene and exchange contact information with anyone who witnessed the accident.
Give the police your version of events but stick to the facts and don’t speculate about fault. Write down the badge number of any responding officers and ask for a copy of the police report.
What If the Driver Flees the Scene?
Call the police and tell them you have been the victim of a hit and run. Try to remember everything you can about the car and driver, including the make model, color, and license plate number. Make sure you tell the police which direction the car was heading.
Calling an Attorney
Once you have left the scene and sought medical care, you may need to make a claim with the other driver’s policy. If you have uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, your own auto insurance policy may cover your medical bills. In any case, before you give any official statement, you should call an attorney.
Pedestrian accidents are serious situations, and you should not have to suffer the consequences of what happened alone. Carter Mario Law Firm can help you negotiate with insurance companies and get a fair settlement.
We always put you first, have experience and a track record of success, and are available 24/7 to take your call. Additionally, we never charge any legal fees unless you get paid, and you will always make more money than your attorney.