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Pedestrian accidents can be extremely traumatizing. Zinda Law Group New Mexico attorneys are here for you and your family during this difficult time.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Zinda Law Group pedestrian New Mexico accident attorneys have the experience necessary to help you gain compensation for your personal injury lawsuit. We are able to help explain the legal process and have the ability necessary to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?
If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Zinda Law Group attorneys are available to help you in this difficult time. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should follow these relatively simple steps for both your safety and for the benefit of your future pedestrian accident lawsuit.
Seek Medical Attention
If you have been injured by a motor vehicle, it is important to always seek medical attention from a medical professional. Your adrenaline may be running high, masking any serious internal injuries. A medical professional will be able to properly diagnose you and document your injuries. This documentation may come in handy later on when you are seeking compensation for any injuries or property damage.
Contact Law Enforcement
After you are safe, you should contact the local law enforcement, such as the police. Law enforcement will be able to investigate your accident, determine who is at fault, and will create an official police report. This report may be beneficial for determining who is liable in your pedestrian accident lawsuit.
Document the Scene
Next, you should document the scene of the accident. Although you may think you will remember all of the details of the accident later on, your memory will soon start to fade. Write down everything you can remember, including what happened and who was involved. No matter how small the detail, it could help in your case later on.
In addition to writing down the details of the accident, you should get and maintain certain documents. These documents include:
- The name and contact information of the driver
- The license plate number of all vehicles involved
- The vehicle identification number of all vehicles involved
- The names and contact information of any witnesses
- A copy of the official police report.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Lastly, you should contact a personal injury attorney in your area to help you with your pedestrian accident lawsuit. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the legal process, help you file your case, and assist you in gaining compensation for your injuries. Zinda Law Group New Mexico attorneys are here and available to help you with your case. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to fight on your behalf to seek the compensation you deserve. We give each one of our clients the individual attention they deserve in their motor vehicle accident lawsuit.
COMMON TYPES OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT INJURIES
Pedestrian accident injuries may cause serious injury or death. The different kinds of injuries may depend on the circumstances of the accident. If you have been injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle, it is important to always seek medical attention. Below are examples of injuries that may be the result of a pedestrian accident.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are typically the result of a violent blow to the head or body. Serious traumatic brain injuries may result in bruising, torn tissue, bleeding, or other physical damage to the brain. These injuries may result in long-term complications or death.
Bone Fractures or Broken Bones
Many types of bone fractures can result from a pedestrian accident. For example, if the bone breaks and is separated into two pieces, it is referred to as a “complete fracture.” Bone fractures and broken bones may cause severe pain and may require intensive medical attention.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is an injury to the spinal cord itself, or to nearby tissues and bones. Most of these injuries come from a traumatic blow to the vertebrae. A complete spinal cord injury will cause total paralysis below the level of the injury. With an incomplete spinal cord injury, there may still be some function on one or both sides of the body.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries may include bruises, sprains, stress injuries, and strains. The result of a soft tissue injury can be pain, swelling, and bruising. These injuries may be relatively minor, but may require medical attention in certain situations.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Zinda Law Group New Mexico pedestrian accident attorney today to discuss your unique case. We may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
COMMON CAUSES OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
Pedestrian accidents can happen in many different ways. Every pedestrian accident is different and may carry a different degree of injury. Below are examples of common causes of pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrians may be injured while trying to cross the street. Although motorists are required to yield to pedestrians on crosswalks, some fail to do so. Some motorists may be impatient, in a hurry, or distracted by their phones. These distractions may lead to a motorist hitting a pedestrian, causing injury, or even death.
Left-hand turns typically require the motor vehicle driver to make a wider arc when compared to right-hand turns. If the driver is distracted or focused on navigating the intersection, he or she may fail to see a pedestrian. Turning left through one or more lanes of traffic can be a dangerous maneuver, so it is always important to look for other vehicles and pedestrians before making the turn.
A motorist may back over a pedestrian when there is low visibility. For example, these types of accidents often occur in parking lots. Drivers who fail to check behind their vehicles before backing out of a parking space may be held liable for any injury resulting from their negligence.
Although sidewalks are intended for pedestrian use, accidents may still occur. If a driver is distracted, he or she may make the mistake of veering into a sidewalk. For example, if the driver is looking down at a phone and texting, he or she may not see a pedestrian walking just a few feet away on a sidewalk and may swerve into them.
If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact a Zinda Law Group New Mexico pedestrian accident lawyer to discuss your case. We understand that each case is unique and may require a different amount of attention. We may be able to help you file your pedestrian accident claim, guide you through the legal process, and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
The statute of limitations is the legal time frame you have to file a case. Each case is different and may have a different time limit to file. Statutes of limitations vary from state to state, so it is important to check with an attorney in your state before filing your claim.
In New Mexico, you have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is important, as you may be barred from receiving any compensation if you fail to file your case in time. Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys can help ease your mind by helping you file your lawsuit in time.
CONTACT A NEW MEXICO PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER
At Zinda Law Group, our New Mexico accident attorneys are here to help. We give each one of our clients the individual attention their case requires. Further, we believe that you should not have to worry about expensive legal fees on top of your medical bills and property damage. Therefore, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will cover all legal costs upfront. You only pay us if we are able to get you compensation for your case.
Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to help with your pedestrian injury lawsuit. The legal process may sound like a daunting experience, but we may help make it easier. We are able to explain the next steps in your lawsuit and can discuss what your case may be worth. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 to set up your 100% free consultation. You do not pay us a thing unless we win your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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