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What Is the Average Settlement for a Pedestrian Hit by a Car?

  1. What You Need to Know About Average Settlements for Pedestrians Who Were Hit by a Car
  2. What You Need to Know About Settlements After Being Hit by a Car
  3. What Is the Average Settlement for a Pedestrian Hit by a Car?
  4. Will Adams Law Firm Brings Experience When Handling Pedestrian Accidents

What You Need to Know About Average Settlements for Pedestrians Who Were Hit by a Car

While no one can snap their fingers and restore your sense of safety after being hit by a car, the right pedestrian accident lawyers will work tirelessly to hold the at-fault driver accountable. This includes helping you get the money you need to rebuild your life after the accident.

In this post, we’ll discuss what goes into determining a settlement value for an injured pedestrian. We’ll also talk about how personal injury lawyers can make a difference to the success of your pedestrian accident case.

What You Need to Know About Settlements After Being Hit by a Car

First, let’s be clear what a settlement is. A settlement in an agreement between parties involved in a legal case. Settlements compensate for the financial losses (also called damages) after an accident or crash that wasn’t their fault, such as medical bills. A settlement specifies how much money the at-fault party should pay the injured person, which is typically paid out through an insurance policy.

What Can Pedestrian Accident Settlements Pay For?

Your attorney will examine your costs and any losses you may have in the future and use them to calculate how much money you can request from the at-fault party’s insurance company based on the costs you need to cover.

Those costs usually fall into two categories:

  • Economic damages are measurable, financial costs related to the accident, including medical bills, lost wages, and medications.
  • Non-economic damages are more subjective but cost you in quality of life, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of opportunity.

Occasionally, settlements also include a third category called punitive damages. Punitive damages are rare, generally reserved for cases of serious recklessness, such as drunk driving. The purpose is to punish the at-fault party and discourage the behavior in the future.

What if the Injured Person Was Party to Blame for the Accident?

Texas uses the rule of comparative negligence (also called proportionate responsibility). This means that if an injured person bears any responsibility for the accident and their resulting injuries (according to the police report and investigation), they can still recover a settlement. However, the settlement amount may be reduced by the percentage of their fault.

If the insurance representative suggests that, for instance, because you were still in the intersection when “do not cross” light appeared, or you were “jaywalking” in a residential neighborhood where you live when you were hit, that you aren’t eligible to collect any compensation, this simply isn’t true. These factors might make your case more complicated, but they don’t erase your options.

In these difficult situations, it’s in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as you can. They can help you logically assess the situation, understand your legal options, and make a plan that protects your future. In particular, they can help you navigate your claim if you’re being blamed for the crash that hurt you.

“Will treats his clients with great kindness and compassion. He fully understands the pain and injustice each victim is going through. This compassion and understanding allows Will to prosecute your case to the fullest. Will is tenacious in pursuing what he feels is the correct settlement for his clients.”

- B & ES – Dallas, TX

“Will, Chris & Sarah. K and I just want to thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us and our family. Throughout this process you have kept us informed and been patient with us (especially me) as we navigated through unchartered territory. Putting things in your hands allowed Karl and I to focus on him getting better.”

- SC – Katy, TX

“Hi Will, I just wanted to take a minute and let you and your wonderful staff know just how much we appreciate each one of you! All of you have been so great to us. Y’all have always answered any and all questions immediately and never left us hanging or wondering about anything. All of you have made this.”

- SB – Katy, TX

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- AM – Houston, TX

"I wanted to thank you both for a job well done and for an outcome that far exceeded my expectations. I appreciated your expertise and your thoroughness of preparation, as well as keeping me informed of the possible outcomes at each major point.Will, I think that Chris did an excellent job and wanted to bring that to your attention."

- MJ – Katy, TX

What Is the Average Settlement for a Pedestrian Hit by a Car?

The truth is, average case amounts can be misleading. Every case is different, and what’s considered a “good” settlement depends on your unique individual factors:

  • The specific injuries and past, present, and future medical treatment
  • How much income was and will be lost because of the injuries
  • Physical pain and how it impacts the person’s daily life
  • Emotional distress and how it impacts a person’s daily life
  • The limits of relevant insurance policies

However, because pedestrians don’t have the protective body of a car to reduce the impact of the crash, it’s not unusual to have extensive injuries and sky-high medical bills as a result.

So, if the person who hurt you doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your costs, you and your lawyer will need to investigate other sources of compensation. Not only do they handle the paperwork and red tape—they know how to negotiate with the insurance companies, and often involve medical and accident reconstruction experts to build a strong case.

RELATED: What Happens if a Car Hits a Pedestrian in Texas (and How Much Is My Case Worth?)

Will Adams Law Firm Brings Experience When Handling Pedestrian Accidents

At Will Adams Law Firm, we’ll put our experience with pedestrian accidents and personal injury cases to work for you. Katy is our hometown, and we care deeply about the people who live here. When you or someone you love faces the aftermath of car accident injuries, it’s an honor to be part of the team that helps you rebuild your life.

To schedule your free consultation, please call our office at (281) 371-6345 or use the simple contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

References

Pedestrian safety. (n.d.). Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved from https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/safety/share-road/pedestrians.html

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.

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