What is the average settlement for a pedestrian hit by a car? We explain the key determining factors in this comprehensive guide.
Did you know there are around 6 million car accidents in the United States? While many of them are vehicle collisions, in extreme circumstances they involve pedestrians. If you are a victim, do you know what you are entitled to?
Read on as we discuss the average settlement for a pedestrian hit by a car.
What Is the Average Settlement for a Pedestrian Hit by a Car?
Injury settlements are often confidential. This can mean it is hard to gauge how much a pedestrian-car accident is worth. In addition to this, a huge number of variables can impact the money entitlement.
How Serious Are the Injuries?
One of the major deciding factors in a settlement for a pedestrian-car accident is the severity of the injuries. In a car and pedestrian collision, the pedestrian is always likely to come out worse. The expectancy is that they have more than minor injuries and are entitled to compensation.
The level of the injury requires more doctor visits, thus more medical bills to pay. This can push up the amount of the settlement.
In addition, the injured party may have other expenses. They may face incapacitation from working or may have had to adjust their lifestyle. These additional factors can influence the claim:
- Any impact on the possibility to earn a living in the future. For example, if your hands are damaged you may not be able to do certain fine motor work which may have been your main profession.
- The prospects of you making a full recovery. If your injury is likely to take a long time to heal and you will be out of work for a long time, then the amount will increase.
- The damage caused to life and routine. This is often the hardest part to negotiate as it can be open to interpretation. You may have hobbies you can no longer take part in due to the damage caused.
Who Was at Fault?
In many auto accident claims, it is often a priority to work out who was at fault. However, in a pedestrian-car accident settlement, it is almost a given that the driver is at fault. As a driver, they have a duty of care to ensure the safety of pedestrians and those around them.
Some instances may be blamed on the pedestrian, but they are few. Anyone crossing a road, when a light does not inform them to, is at risk of being injured without any settlement. In this instance, the blame is on them for not following traffic rules.
It can be tempting to work out the settlement on your own. While it may seem clear who is at fault to you, insurance companies may not be understanding. To ensure you get the average settlement for a pedestrian hit by a car, you need someone to fight in your corner.
Your first stop should be Luschas, Naparsteck, and Crane. We are 100% focused on guiding you and your loved ones through challenging legal times. Contact us here to discuss your case and let us get you the settlement you deserve.