Best Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Las Vegas, NV
Involved In A Pedestrian Accident?
It can be incredibly traumatic to be struck or run over by a car or any other vehicle on the road. As a pedestrian you have the right of way in most cases, but unfortunately motorists are always trying to rush from one place to another, making pedestrian accidents more common than we would like in Las Vegas. In almost every case, the collision is due to the driver’s reckless behavior and negligence. If you or a loved one has been hit by a car and injured, you have the right to pursue legal action and demand compensation. We can help. At Gazda and Tadayon, we are one of Southern Nevada’s most trusted and experienced personal injury attorneys, with over 50 years of combined experience. As attorneys who once served as legal counsel for insurance companies, we know everything there is to know about traffic accident injuries and we can get you the maximum compensation you deserve.
We Can Help You
- Determine the next steps for your personal injury claim
- Gather concrete evidence of the accident to prove the driver’s fault
- File the necessary paperwork
- Consult with medical experts on the true costs of treatment and long-term care
- See your case through either to trial or to a settlement
Our first priority is the well-being of our clients. We see a lot of traffic accident injuries, but getting hit and injured in a pedestrian accident is one of the most scary, painful and emotionally draining. When you choose us at Gazda and Tadayon, you pay no fees until we collect from a trial or settlement, so you can focus on your recovery and care. Let us do the legal work for you. Contact us today for a free consultation on your pedestrian injury claim.
Making The Driver Liable
Right after the collision, there are two things that could happen: either the driver runs from the scene, which is called a hit-and-run accident, or the driver stays on the scene, in which case their insurance becomes involved. In hit and run scenarios, law enforcement can follow up on the case, and we help our clients conduct investigations to track down the at-fault driver to hold them liable. In cases where the driver is identified, it is almost always the fault of the driver in these types of accidents, so their insurance companies will likely attempt to settle with the pedestrian accident victim directly. These direct settlements are not the best option, however, for a number of reasons.
Insurance Claim versus Pedestrian Injury Claim
In theory, insurance companies are there to make our lives easier, and the at-fault driver would like their insurer to be able to cover all the damages they are liable for in the accident. But in reality, the insurance companies rarely cover the true cost of compensation without legal action. That’s because they play the numbers game. When a claim is submitted, their aim is to minimize the amount of money awarded to the victim, and they can do this by underestimating the driver’s liability and/or by underestimating the medical costs and emotional damages on the part of the victim. For example, if the injured pedestrian suffers a traumatic brain injury after the accident, the insurance company might agree to cover the initial ER visit and the first few hospital visits, but they may not factor in the costs of long-term treatment and rehabilitation, as well as any lost wages from the victim’s inability to work.
There’s also the problem of uninsured or underinsured drivers in Nevada. While our state law makes it mandatory for all drivers to have adequate insurance. around 10% of Nevada drivers don’t have insurance at all, and many drivers have just the bare minimum amount of coverage required by law, which may not cover the costs of a serious crash like a pedestrian accident.
In short, it’s a bad idea to accept a payout from the insurance companies on your own. Consult with the legal professionals instead. Schedule a FREE legal consultation with us today to learn more about your options after your pedestrian accident. Because of our previous experience as legal counsel for these insurance companies, we have the insider knowledge it takes to win even the most difficult and challenging cases with maximum compensation.
Negligent Drivers: What Causes Pedestrian Accidents in Las Vegas?
Even if the pedestrian is using a crosswalk and otherwise paying attention to the road, a collision with a car, bicycle, truck, or other vehicle can happen at any time. Nevada in particular has some of the highest rates of pedestrian accidents in the nation, and unfortunately we consistently rank in the top 10 worst states for pedestrian accidents and injuries. It is almost always the driver’s fault, not the pedestrian, that the accident occurred.
Common Reasons for Pedestrian Traffic Accidents
- Failure to yield right of way
- Failure to stop at pedestrian crosswalk
- Drunk driving/driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving while distracted (texting, etc.)
- Poorly marked roadways
After the accident, law enforcement will have collected information about any parties involved, including whether or not the driver was fatigued or driving while intoxicated (DUI). Nevada has one of the highest rates of DUI in the nation, so accidents caused by a drunk driver make up a significant portion of these cases.
Many of these pedestrian injuries do happen on the Las Vegas Strip, but not always. Up to 90% of the injuries sustained in Las Vegas are residents, not tourists, and accidents often involve children with inadequate attention to the road. Luckily, even if the pedestrian is partially responsible for the accident, they can still file a claim as long as the driver has greater fault in the accident, as is the case in majority of accidents involving pedestrians.
After a jarring pedestrian collision, the victim’s injuries are often severe and the full extent of them may not be immediately obvious. Certain injuries, like those involving traumatic brain injury or injury to the spinal cord, may take time to diagnose and become evident in the victim, and there can be extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and physical therapy required after the crash. That’s in addition to the lost wages, emotional trauma, and other suffering that most victims of a pedestrian car collision experience.
Common injuries from pedestrian accidents include:
- brain and head injuries
- spinal cord injuries
- soft tissue damage
- amputation and disfigurement
- cuts, scrapes, and lacerations
- bone fractures and breaks
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Regardless of how the injuries look at first, it is imperative that victims seek medical assistance. A medical professional will be able to conduct a full checkup of the victim and note any injuries, which is critical for proper long-term recovery. This medical record also helps us build the case later on.
Taking Action: Next Steps and Compensation
It is your legal right to fight for justice and demand compensation. Once you’ve visited the emergency room for your injuries, it’s imperative that you speak to an experienced injury lawyer. If injury from the pedestrian collision can be demonstrated, the driver at fault can be held responsible and the victim can claim rightful compensation for any number of damages including:
- cost of initial ER visit
- additional hospitalization costs
- surgery and other procedures
- long-term care, including rehabilitation and physical therapy
- emotional damages
- property damages
- lost wages
In the most severe cases, a crash may lead to the pedestrian’s death, either at the time of the accident or later as a direct result of their injuries. This constitutes a wrongful death case, and the driver at fault can be held liable with damages collected by the victim’s spouse or close family.
Soon after the accident, the driver at fault may have spoken to their insurance company, in which case the victim may receive offers to settle out of court. It’s important that the victim does not take the initial settlement.No matter how caring, patient, and understanding the company’s representative may be on the phone or in person, they have the company’s best interests in mind and this initial offer is almost always much less than what the victim may be due. Finally, once a victim accepts a settlement, there’s no going back to ask for additional compensation, no matter how rightful or justified it may be.
Personal injury cases, especially ones involving a vehicular accident, can be complex and lengthy. Be sure to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible so you can protect your interests and fight for rightful compensation. You deserve the best treatment and care options.
One more important note: it’s critical to file a claim as soon as possible after the accident, since Nevada has a statute of limitations and there is only a certain time frame after the accident during which victims can file for damages. Every case is different. Contact us today to assess your individual case in a timely manner.
Insider Knowledge from the Best Las Vegas Pedestrian Injury Attorneys
With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve seen it all at Gazda and Tadayon. As former defense counsel for the insurance industry, we know the ins and outs of pedestrian accident cases and we fight tirelessly for your rights and adequate compensation. After helping hundreds of people with their injury claims we know exactly how to build a winning case, and we consult with medical experts to make sure we have a full picture of your injuries and the treatments necessary for your claim.
In any traffic accident injury case, every single detail counts. Once we take on your case, we conduct our own independent examination of the accident, visiting the site of the accident and interviewing witnesses to get every possible opportunity to improve your case. We also understand that your legal fight is just one part of your journey to recovery after this traumatic incident. At our law firm, our friendly staff is there to make the legal process as smooth and comfortable as possible.
When you choose us to handle your pedestrian accident case, you choose lawyers that care about your personal and legal success. As the law firm that other attorneys go to for advice, we have the expertise you need to get you the compensation and peace of mind you deserve.
A Proven Record Of Success
The attorneys of Gazda and Tadayon have been recognized by the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for winning millions in compensation for our clients. Our ethical standards have also been highlighted by the law directory Martindale-Hubbard. When you work with Gazda and Tadayon on your injury claim, you will receive proven representation with full integrity.
To get started, schedule a free consultation for your pedestrian accident injury claim, or read what our clients have to say on our Gazda and Tadayon reviews page. You can also visit us in person. We’re conveniently located in Las Vegas at 2600 S Rainbow Boulevard, Suite 200.
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Pedestrian Accidents FAQs
You may bear some duty regarding the accident, which may lessen your inevitable recuperation. For instance, on the off chance that you were half to blame, your recuperation might be decreased by half.
The injured party may recover damages for past and future medical expenses, past and future wage loss, past and future pain and suffering. If the defendant’s conduct is extreme, punitive damages may be awarded. If the pedestrian dies, his or her survivors are entitled to recover full compensation for their economic losses that result from the pedestrian’s death, as well as damages which stem from the loss of society care and comfort of the decedent.
Each person on foot has the obligation to obey transit regulations and to sensibly watch traffic conditions. As a rule, people on foot shouldn’t start or proceed with their forward course over a road in the event that they’re mindful of the approach of a vehicle.
Every state has certain time limits called “statutes of limitations,” which govern the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In some states, you may have as little as one year to file a lawsuit arising out of an automobile accident. If you miss the deadline for filing your case, your claims can be dismissed. Consequently, it is important to talk with a lawyer as soon as you receive or discover an injury.
- Make notes of conversations that you have with people involved in the accident or the injury claim;
- Preserve evidence of who caused the accident and what damage was done by collecting physical items and taking photographs;
- Locate people who witnessed the accident and who might be able to help you prove your case;
- Notify anyone you think might be responsible for the accident and tell them about your intention to file a claim for your injuries, especially if a government agency or employee may be involved; and
- Contact a personal injury attorney to evaluate and pursue your claim.