We hate to see auto-pedestrian accidents. If you or a loved one has been hit by a car, you know that the injuries victims typically sustain in these cases are usually severe.
What you don’t know are the issues relating to liability. For whatever reasons, stories in auto-pedestrian cases seem to change a lot — drivers seem to recant admissions of liability more in auto-pedestrian cases than in other claims. As a result, if you or a loved one is hurt in an auto-pedestrian collision it’s important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible to start the investigation process.
It’s also important to hire a lawyer that has handled auto-pedestrian cases. In addition to investigation issues, auto-pedestrian cases have complicating issues not typically found in regular car wreck claims.
One of the tricks of auto-pedestrian accidents is knowing potential sources of recovery.
Obviously, if you’re a pedestrian and you’re hit by a negligent driver, you can make a claim against the driver. Similarly, if the driver is working on behalf of someone else, such as an employer, you may be able to make a claim against that person or entity.
But a non-obvious source of recovery is an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. Most people don’t understand this, but if you own a vehicle, and you have purchased uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, that policy will provide coverage if you are hit as a pedestrian. This coverage most often applies when pedestrians are hit by hit-and-run drivers, but it also applies if the driver doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your injuries.