A recent news story suggested that about half of American households would have grave difficulty or find it impossible to come up with $400 to cover an unexpected expense. Those that could find the money often reported that they would have to borrow from relatives or sell something in order to do so.
What if that unexpected expense was $400,000? And all you had to do to incur it was to try to cross the street? This is what can happen if you become involved in a pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle. That sum represents one of our smaller recoveries for one of our clients injured by a pickup truck in a parking lot.
When you are on foot even a low speed close encounter with a car or truck can have devastating effects that can include hospital bills and rehabilitation costs that can quickly obliterate your savings while simultaneously preventing you from earning a living. That $400,000 figure was a settlement amount; so was the more than $1 million that another one of our clients received after being struck the crosswalk. In both of these situations the insurance company that paid probably considered itself fortunate to have avoided the jury award that may have issued had the case gone to trial.
At Casper Meadows Schwartz and Cook are experience representing victims of pedestrian accidents – or their loved ones, in the more tragic situations in which they did not survive those accidents – gives us a thorough understanding of the catastrophic nature of the injuries that you can receive when a vehicle hits you. Not just the physical injuries, but the indirect ones as well: the emotional trauma, the loss of ability to enjoy life, the crippled relationships, and more.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car-pedestrian accident, there is no way to undo the damage. But we may be able to help you to receive the compensation required to at least keep from being crushed again by your medical expenses and other costs that will surely follow in the aftermath.