Birmingham Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a pedestrian accident in Alabama? You are probably wondering how you will ever be able to pay your seemingly endless medical expenses and whether you will ever again return to work.
Many pedestrian crashes are caused by negligent drivers, and these motorists can be held civilly liable for the damages that result. You can determine who may be liable for your injuries when you contact Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP.
Our firm has been handling these types of cases for over two decades. We are determined to recover as much compensation as possible for you.
Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP fully understands the tremendous stress and confusion victims experience in the immediate aftermath of an accident. You can have our Birmingham pedestrian accident lawyers review your case and discuss all of your legal options as soon as you call (205) 324-1212 to schedule a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
Some pedestrian accident victims feel confident in their ability to recover compensation by themselves. Representatives of insurance companies often encourage this line of thinking.
In some cases, an insurer will quickly extend a settlement offer to resolve the case. Despite these offers usually being nowhere near what victims are actually entitled to recover, some people quickly accept the offers out of fear, while others attempt to negotiate.
All conversations with insurance company agents carry a significant risk for victims because they are typically recorded, and many victims unknowingly make statements that ultimately damage their later claims. One reason you need an attorney as early in your case as possible is to have these types of phone calls handled on your behalf.
Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP will immediately begin negotiating with the insurer handling your case for a fair and full settlement. We can also file a lawsuit when an insurance company is unwilling to provide a satisfactory amount of compensation.
Why Choose Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP?
Kirby Farris and Ken Riley were both born and raised in Alabama. Our lawyers are both Birmingham residents who are proud to assist their friends and neighbors.
Our firm has obtained several multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements. We achieved this by developing the strongest possible cases through thorough investigation and preparation.
Mr. Farris and Mr. Riley are members of prominent legal organizations, such as the American Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association, and Birmingham Bar Association. You can feel confident knowing your attorneys have the qualifications and experience to achieve the most favorable outcome to your case.
Do not let money be the reason you do not contact Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, as we represent pedestrian crash victims on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay our firm absolutely nothing unless you obtain a monetary award.
Cases We Handle
Pedestrian accidents can have a number of causes. Many cases involve distractions, such as talking or texting on cell phones.
While motorists are often accused of distracted driving, many pedestrians are similarly accused of causing crashes by being distracted while using mobile phones. You should avoid getting into these types of disputes until you have legal counsel.
Other common causes of pedestrian accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Driving Under the Influence or DUI — A motorist who was impaired by alcohol is often quickly identified by police and will usually face criminal charges. Cases involving drivers who were under the influence of a controlled substance – sometimes even prescription drugs – can be more complicated, but drugged driving is also illegal.
- Driver Fatigue — Some motorists may not be fully rested before getting behind the wheel. Drivers in these situations often fail to react appropriately or commit other errors.
- Speeding or Reckless Driving — Certain drivers operate in defiance of posted speed limits, and they may receive either one (or possibly both) of these tickets that may be used as evidence of negligence.
- Other Traffic Violations — Many other common citations issued by law enforcement agencies end up becoming causes of pedestrian accidents, such as a motorist’s failure to obey traffic control devices or traffic signs.
Pedestrians are extremely susceptible to catastrophic injuries because they do not have anywhere near the level of protection inherent to motor vehicles. The types of injuries a person may suffer include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries or TBIs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ damage
- Complex regional pain syndrome or CRPS
Victims in these types of cases can be entitled to various forms of compensation, including medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Families who have lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents can also recover compensation through wrongful death actions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any negligence whatsoever on the part of the victim that proximately contributes to their injury is considered contributory negligence. This is a big deal because Alabama is one of only five states in the nation in which a defendant is allowed to use an affirmative defense of contributory negligence as a complete bar to recovery. Contributory negligence is almost certainly going to be the first attempted defense of any negligent motorist and their insurance company. For this very reason, you should not make any statement to an insurer until you have legal representation.
Any time you are involved in a crash as a pedestrian, the first thing you should do is to seek medical attention. You want a record of medical care as soon as possible after an accident. If you are able, you should return to the crash scene to take multiple pictures from varying distances and angles. Also, collect the names and phone numbers of any people who witnessed the accident. If you are unable to do this, ask a friend or family member to do it for you. Try to write down everything you remember about your accident, as these kinds of details can be important when finer points become harder to recall later. Keep all receipts for every expense relating to your recovery, including receipts for gas. Finally, contact Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP for help determining the best course of action for your injury claim.
Alabama gives most injury victims two years after the date of an accident to file a legal claim. This statute of limitations is tolled (delayed) when the victim is a minor, and a minor can file a claim up to two years after the date of their 19th birthday. It may also be possible to get the limitations period tolled if the victim was declared incapacitated by a court after suffering a disability caused by their injury.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) reported that the 932 pedestrians involved in traffic crashes, 724 injuries, and 122 fatalities in 2016 were all the highest totals of any year in the 10-year period. The agency noted that pedestrian injuries increased 10.4 percent in 2016 and pedestrian fatalities increased 27 percent.
According to ALDOT, there were 641 crashes in 2016 in which the first harmful event was a hit pedestrian. While this represented only 0.4 percent of the total crashes, it resulted in 538 nonfatal injuries and 67 fatalities.
A University of Alabama study found that crash records showed 6 in 10 collisions with a pedestrian were the fault of the pedestrian, and 72 out of the 120 pedestrian fatalities could have been averted by improved behaviors.
A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found that Alabama had the eighth highest pedestrian fatality rate in the country. Alabama had a rate of 2.51 fatalities per 100,000 population.
The Governors Highway Safety Association also reported 55 Alabama pedestrian fatalities in the first six months of 2016 and 59 in the same time period for 2017, marking a 7.3 percent increase.
According to the GHSA, the nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2017 signaled a 25-year high, and pedestrian deaths increased by 27 percent from 2007 to 2016, as other kinds of traffic deaths fell by 14 percent.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2015 (an average of one pedestrian death every 1.6 hours), with nearly 129,000 pedestrians treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries.
Contact a Birmingham Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
For more than 20 years, Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP has been working to get justice for pedestrian accident victims all over Alabama. We understand the significant long-term challenges that people face following these types of crashes, and we work to help them recover all of the compensation they need and deserve.
Were you severely injured or was your loved one killed in a pedestrian accident in the greater Jefferson County area? Call (205) 324-1212 or contact us online to let Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free consultation.