We often receive calls from people who tell us, “I got hit by a car while crossing the street,” or that a vehicle struck their loved one. Few situations are as frightening as being struck by a car or truck or witnessing a loved one get hurt this way. Not only are you in an immense amount of pain, but you also have to figure out how to pay these unexpected medical bills while out of work.
We recommend calling our law firm to speak with our Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyers. We have years of experience helping vehicle-pedestrian accident victims pursue compensation through insurance claims and litigation.
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After a vehicle-pedestrian accident, you are going to need to gather evidence to determine what happened, who was at fault, and who is liable for compensating you. This can be challenging, especially when you are suffering from serious injuries. We recommend retaining experienced pedestrian accident lawyers to pursue a thorough and independent investigation.
Through our investigative process, we will start to build your case. We may hire one or more experts to provide a professional opinion regarding what caused the accident, the extent of your injuries, and your future damages.
As your legal representation, we will handle the Las Vegas insurance claim process. We will take the adjuster’s calls, respond to their questions, and provide them with the necessary documentation. When we disagree with the insurance company’s conclusions, we will fight them. We will do everything in our power to have your claim approved and to negotiate a fair settlement.
While many people resolve their claims with insurance settlements, we may recommend filing a lawsuit. We may need to utilize the discovery process and various legal tools to gather more evidence. Or, if an insurance settlement is not possible, we may need to take your case to trial.
We will always handle all of the litigation paperwork and court appearances so that you that this does not fall on you and your family to figure out.
If you or a loved one were the victim of a Las Vegas pedestrian accident, whether you were in your neighborhood or on The Strip, Oronoz & Ericsson, LLC is here to help. With our decades of combined experience, we have handled all types of pedestrian accident cases, most of which involve a vehicle striking a pedestrian.
Contact us today if you or a relative’s accident involved:
If you were injured in a vehicle-pedestrian accident or witnessed a collision, our pedestrian accident lawyers recommend you take the following steps:
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Pedestrian-car accidents occur for all types of reasons. Some are the driver’s fault; some are the pedestrian’s fault. Over the years, we have discovered some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
After suffering a pedestrian injury in a collision, it is important to talk with a Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyer about what happened and why. An experienced attorney can help you determine what went wrong and who is responsible.
When you retain our pedestrian accident law firm to represent you, the first step we take is to investigate the accident thoroughly. We will gather as much evidence as possible, including the police report, eyewitness statements, photos, videos, and physical objects. We will thoroughly analyze the evidence to determine whose negligence directly led to the accidents, which resulted in your injuries.
Negligence is the violation of a duty of care, which results in causing one or more people harm. Every driver has responsible for behaving as a reasonably prudent person would under the same or similar circumstances. This is known as the duty of ordinary care. You can think of it has the responsibility to obey traffic laws and drive carefully to avoid a collision.
A Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyer will look for evidence that the driver failed to act as a reasonably prudent person would. In other words, the driver failed to be careful.
We will look for evidence that the driver was violating a traffic law or doing something a careful driver would not.
In some vehicle-pedestrian accident claims, the driver claims the pedestrian is also at fault or entirely to blame. When these allegations arise, Nevada’s modified comparative negligence law becomes relevant.
When you and the other party in a pedestrian accident claim disagree on who is at fault, the insurer, judge, or jury will assign each participant a percentage of fault, adding up to 100%.
If you are assigned a percentage of fault under 50%, then you may still receive compensation. The amount you receive as a settlement or court award will be reduced by your percentage of fault, though. For example, if your damages were $100,000, but a jury found you to be 20% responsible, you would receive only $80,000. An experienced attorney can help proving right-of-way in a pedestrian accident.
If an insurer, judge, or jury assigns you a percentage of 50% or higher, the law prohibits you from receiving compensation.
As we investigate the pedestrian accident to determine fault, we will discuss with you the difference between fault and liability. A specific driver may at fault for your injuries. That driver’s carelessness or recklessness may have caused them to collide with you. However, that driver may not be the only person liable for compensating you for your injuries.
For example, a business may be liable for the pedestrian accident injuries if the at-fault driver was working at the time. Businesses are typically responsible for the effects of their on-duty employees’ conduct. If we discovered the driver was on duty at the time of the crash, we would file a claim with the employer’s insurance. For example, this could include ride share companies like Uber and Lyft or Taxi companies.
We also will look for any other potential insurance coverage. The vehicle may have been borrowed or rented; in which case, we will pursue a claim against the vehicle owner’s policy. The vehicle may have been rented using a credit card. Many cards offer additional insurance coverage. If the accident was caused by an uninsured motorist, this could complicate matters, which makes it even more important to contact an attorney.
If a vehicle struck you while you were crossing the street, grabbing your mail at the end of your driveway, or out for a job, we are here to help. We understand you need to pursue compensation for serious injuries, such as:
When you suffer serious injuries after being struck by a negligent driver, do not hesitate to work with a Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyer from Oronoz & Ericsson, LLC. We are aggressive in our pursuit of compensation for our clients, and we have a track record of success. We never back down from a fight, and we never encourage our clients to settle for lowball offers.
When we handle your pedestrian accident claim, you can be confident that we are fighting for the maximum compensation possible for your past and future:
If we have evidence that the other person’s conduct was malicious or egregious, we may pursue punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, listed above, punitive damages are not meant to compensate you for a physical, emotional, or financial injury. Instead, punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer.
Nevada caps punitive damages at $300,000 if your compensatory damages are less than $100,000. Or your punitive damages are limited to three times the amount of your compensatory damages if they are more than $100,000.
In Nevada, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If a loved one passed away, you have two years from the date of their death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Talk with an attorney right away to ensure you understand your legal deadlines and the benefits of starting a claim as soon as possible.
Talk with us about an insurance claim or lawsuit if you are a pedestrian who was hit by a car in Las Vegas or Henderson. The burden of this accident should not fall on your shoulders. The burden should rest with the careless driver who caused you harm. We are here to make sure that happens. We will aggressively pursue full and fair compensation through the insurance claim and litigation processes.