Nampa Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Walking around the streets of Nampa, Idaho, on a nice day can make for a great way to spend your time. Whether it’s to run a few errands or get a little boost in your step count for the day, walking is a great form of exercise that is beneficial not only to your physical health but your mental health as well. When strolling the streets, it’s imperative you follow the basic rules of the road: only use crosswalks, look both ways before you cross, and stay on the sidewalk.
Unfortunately, even if you are doing everything right, you can still suffer injuries while out on your walk. Pedestrian accidents are highly preventable but still occur frequently. The aftermath for the victim can be quite severe, as often the at-fault party is behind the wheel of a large, heavy motor vehicle. If you have been injured in a Nampa pedestrian accident, it’s vital you reach out to a qualified and compassionate personal injury lawyer as soon as you possibly can. While you recover from your injuries with family and friends by your side, Feller & Wendt can begin working on getting you the justice and financial compensation you deserve.
Who Can Be Liable for Your Pedestrian Accident?
The specifics of who is liable for your pedestrian accident vary based on the circumstances. While commuting out on the roads, every person is owed and expected to provide a certain level of care. This includes all drivers of motor vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. The most common parties found liable for pedestrian accidents in Nampa include the following:
Car or Truck Driver
The most common party found to be at fault for causing pedestrian accidents are the drivers of motorized vehicles like cars or trucks. Typical reasons range from driving while intoxicated to speeding or failing to yield on time.
When you use a crosswalk to walk across the street, the lights will turn red, indicating all cars to stop. When you fail to use the crosswalk button and decide to cross when the light is red, you risk traffic coming from a different direction. When this results in an accident, both parties may be found partially liable. For example, if you fail to press the crosswalk button but the oncoming car is speeding, both parties were not following their duty of care. For situations like this, Idaho follows a modified comparative negligence law, which uses a percentage system to determine liability. As long as you are found to be under 50% liable, you may still receive damages.
Third-Party Property Owner
A third-party property owner may be found liable for your accident as well. Property owners are expected to maintain their property to be safe for all non-trespassing guests. If a property’s uneven sidewalk or untrimmed hedges or bushes force you to walk somewhere other than the sidewalk, they are putting you at risk of an accident.
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident while walking on government property, they may be found liable for your pedestrian accident. A slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall, or generally unsafe premises can all lead to a pedestrian accident. In the case of filing a claim against a government entity, there are extra steps that must be taken beforehand.
You must first notify the government entity that you intend to file a claim against them for your accident. To ensure everything is properly documented, sent to the right place, and sent at the right time, it is best to speak with your Feller & Wendt Nampa pedestrian accident attorney and have them handle the process for you.
How a Nampa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help
Filing a claim on your own will often lead to a small settlement from the insurance company or even a dismissed case. Hiring a Nampa attorney to help means hiring someone to do the hard part for you while you recover. Specifically, our team of Nampa pedestrian accident lawyers will begin working on the following:
To properly demonstrate the four components of negligence, your attorney will need to collect and assess appropriate evidence, such as:
- Photographs of the scene of the accident
- Traffic camera footage
- BAC test results
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Eyewitness testimony
- Expert opinions
If you are able to obtain evidence after your accident safely, it is encouraged you use your phone to take video or photos of the scene. If you are unable to do so due to your injuries or the nature of traffic, your attorney is equipped to collect everything necessary for you.
Fighting for a High Settlement
The insurance companies are not your friends and will try to present you with the lowest settlement possible. When you have a dedicated attorney by your side, you are looking at a future with economic and non-economic damages that adequately cover the cost of your accident. This can include compensation for all past, present, and future medical bills, lost wages, prescription medication costs, rehabilitative therapy, loss of consortium, pain, and suffering.
There is currently a cap on non-economic damages for personal injury claims in Idaho, meaning you cannot receive more than $250,000 for your non-economic damages.
Consult With a Dedicated Nampa Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
While walking around Nampa, you deserve the right of safety. When this right is breached, you are owed damages. For many years now, Feller & Wendt has helped our clients receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for their injuries. Let us do the same for you.