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Salem Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents

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Salem is a very walkable city, particularly the downtown area, which is rich in shops, bars, and restaurants nestled into a historic backdrop that is right by the water. Unfortunately, while there is much to see and do in the city, pedestrians are also at risk as they make their way to and from the different destinations. When a pedestrian and a vehicle collide on the roads, it is always the pedestrian who will sustain the worst injuries. Pedestrians have no protection against the forceful impact of a vehicle and so, they will suffer broken bones, traumatic head injuries, and more.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, you can file a claim to recover monetary damages for your losses. These claims are fraught with challenges, though, and the negligent driver may even argue that you were at fault. Our Salem pedestrian injury attorney will refute those claims so you obtain the full and fair settlement you deserve.

Common Types of Accidents that Result in Pedestrian Injuries

Pedestrians can become hurt in many ways as they make their way through the city. Some of the most common types of accidents pedestrians are involved in are as follows:

  • Crosswalk accidents: In Salem, as throughout the rest of Oregon all intersections are considered crosswalkswhether it is marked or unmarked. As such, drivers must always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when they are in an intersection. Too many motorists ignore this right of walkers and when they do, an accident can easily occur.
  • Turning accidents: Turning accidents often go hand in hand with crosswalk accidents. When motorists are negligent when turning, they may make a turn too quickly and hit a pedestrian, or fail to see that someone is crossing the street before it is too late and hit them.
  • Parking lot accidents: Parking lots are busy places and there is a lot happening. People are making their way through the lot to go to and from the store, at a time when drivers are pulling into and out of parking spaces. Negligent drivers may fail to check their blind spots or otherwise properly look for pedestrians.
  • Sideswipe accidents: When possible, pedestrians should always use the sidewalk, which provides some distance between them and traffic. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. Pedestrians are always encouraged to walk as far as possible to the side of the road when there is no sidewalk available, and to walk facing oncoming traffic. Still, there is no guarantee that taking these safety measures will prevent an accident from occurring. Poor weather conditions can make it difficult for motorists to see pedestrians on the side of the road, or they may swerve to avoid debris or another vehicle and sideswipe the pedestrian.
  • Reckless driving: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) two of the main causes of pedestrian accidents,that result in injury and death are driving under the influence and speeding. These are just two examples of reckless driving that contribute to pedestrian accidents.

Compensation Available After a Pedestrian Accident

No one can determine the value of your pedestrian accident claim without first fully reviewing the facts of your case. The damages, or financial compensation, available in injury claims, are meant to restore you as wholly as possible to the same condition you were in before the accident occurred. Some of the most common damages in accident claims include:

  • Medical expenses: It is no secret that the cost of healthcare in America is high and so, it should come as no surprise that the bulk of many pedestrian accident settlements are made up of medical expenses. It is important to pursue damages for emergency transportation and care, hospital admissions, medication, surgeries, and more. It is important to claim not only your past and current losses, but any future expenses you will incur, as well.
  • Lost income: If you sustained serious injuries, you likely cannot return to work right away following an accident. You can claim the wages you lost as well as any vacation pay, sick pay, bonuses, and benefits you lost while you were away.
  • Loss of future earning capacity:The injuries sustained during a pedestrian accident are often catastrophic. Sometimes they are so severe, you cannot ever return to the same line of work. In these cases, you can claim the loss of future earnings you would have earned if you could have remained in the same line of work.
  • Pain and suffering: The pain and suffering you will endure after an accident does not have a concrete dollar value, but it is still a loss and you still deserve compensation for it. A Salem pedestrian injury attorney can accurately assess your pain and suffering damages.
  • Long-term disability costs: Serious pedestrian accidents will cause injuries that are so severe, the victim never recovers from them. Instead, they suffer a long-term disability that requires long-term care. The costs of long-term care are extremely high and victims should not have to pay those costs out of their own pockets.
  • Any other loss: Nearly every pedestrian accident case will involve losses, expenses, and damages that are unique to that case. A lawyer will identify all of your losses so you do not suffer in any way financially after a crash.
  • Wrongful death damages: In the most tragic situations, pedestrians do not survive a crash. In these cases, close family members can file a wrongful death claim to pursue damages for funeral and burial expenses, and any other loss they incurred, including any income the decedent earned the family was dependent on.

The Statute of Limitations on Pedestrian Injury Claims in Salem, Oregon

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If you have been hurt as a pedestrian, or you have lost someone, our Salem pedestrian injury attorney at the Johnston Law Firm P.C., our skilled attorneys are passionate about helping accident victims through one of the most difficult times of their lives, and we want to help you, too. Call us now at 503-389-3479 or connect with us online to schedule a free case evaluation.

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