Hundreds of thousands of pedestrians are injured in the US each year. Hundreds of those severe injuries occur in Nebraska. Tragically, some of these victims are killed in pedestrian accidents. The experienced lawyers at Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht P.C, L.L.O., are ready to fight for maximum compensation on your behalf, if a careless motorist injured you. To schedule a case evaluation, please call our law firm at 402-371-4300.
Common Pedestrian Accident Claims
Sometimes the pedestrian is the cause of the accident, and at other times the motorist causes the crash. Here are some of the most common causes of pedestrian injuries and deaths:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Walking on the shoulder
- Crossing against signals
Both pedestrians and motorists can do their part to prevent these incidents. Unfortunately, even the most cautious, alert person walking near a roadway or in a parking lot can get hit by a careless driver.
What Compensation Am I Owed As An Injured Pedestrian?
Our lawyers fight tirelessly to recover compensation on behalf of pedestrians injured by motorists. We fight for every last dollar needed to compensate adequately for the way the injuries affect our clients' lives, including:
- Hospital bills
- Medical costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Burial costs
- Funeral costs
- End-of-life expenses
- Loss of loved one's future financial contributions
While a compensation recovery can never be guaranteed, we can guarantee that our entire law firm does not stop fighting until we have obtained the best possible results.
What to Do If You Were the Motorist in the Pedestrian Accident
This scenario is nothing short of alarming. If you were the motorist in a pedestrian accident, it is important to stay as calm and rational as possible:
- Move the pedestrian to a safe place out of the roadway if they are in danger of further harm. Do not move them if they are out of the way of immediate harm because there could be fractures that can be worsened by moving them.
- Call the police. Stay at the scene.
- Give the responding officer a full account of what happened, but do not in any way admit fault or apologize for the accident.
- If possible, exchange insurance information with the victim, although their injuries may be too extensive to do this in the moment.
- Call a lawyer as soon as possible.
Staying and calling for help are the most important things you can do. The lawyers at Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht P.C, L.L.O., can provide the guidance you need during this stressful time. If you believe the pedestrian may be responsible for causing the collision, we can investigate the situation to determine fault. We also offer criminal defense services if there is a chance you may be criminally liable.
What happens with Bicyclists Involved in Nebraska Crashes?
Bicyclists also get injured and killed in accidents involving motor vehicles, sometimes because of the motorist's carelessness. In 2015, bicyclist fatalities in Nebraska were the highest they had been in 15 years. Intersections and driveways can be some of the most dangerous places for bicyclists. But they also get injured in shoulders and in lanes of traffic.
Next Steps – Case Evaluation
Were you or a loved one injured while traveling as a pedestrian in Nebraska? Our experienced attorneys fight for families affected by these tragedies. We advocate for people across the state, including the areas of Omaha, Norfolk and Lincoln.