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Pedestrian Rights After an Accident in Wisconsin
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be wondering what rights you have. First and foremost, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries if they were caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way, and even if you were jaywalking at the time of your accident, that doesn’t give drivers the right to hit you. You can file a civil claim against a negligent driver or other liable parties for the injuries and losses you suffered.
When Pedestrians DON’T Have the Right to File a Claim
Bear in mind that there are some circumstances in which you would not have the right to file a claim for compensation. If you put yourself at risk by darting in front of oncoming traffic or otherwise caused an accident, you may not be able to seek compensation if fault is found completely with you.
However, if some negligence is found with the driver, you can still file a claim for personal injury compensation. Speak with an attorney to determine whether you have a viable case.
When Pedestrians DO Have the Right
Wisconsin is a comparative negligence state, which means that even if you are considered partially responsible for your accident, you can still recover compensation from the driver. If the driver is found to have been negligent during the accident, you can seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim.
Personal injury claims can allow you to obtain monetary compensation for your injuries and losses. What kinds of injuries could a pedestrian suffer in a serious accident? The following are some of the injuries that could result in substantial losses:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Serious lacerations
- Organ damage
- Spinal injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries
Compensation for Your Pedestrian Accident in Wisconsin
The above injuries can lead to extensive financial and non-financial losses, which may have the following effects:
- You could be swimming in medical debt following a pedestrian accident because of hospitalization, surgeries, physical therapy, and more.
- You could be missing out on work for a lengthy period of time, or you may be unable to return to work or be permanently disabled.
- You could also be dealing with excruciating pain that may or may not fully go away.
You can seek compensation for all of your losses. Here are some additional types of losses common in pedestrian injury claims in Wisconsin:
- Permanent disability, disfigurement, or scarring
- Physical suffering and mental trauma
- Cost of mental health services and caregiving expenses
- Lost enjoyment of life
Need Help Filing an Injury Claim Against a Negligent Driver?
Pedestrians have a right to seek damages against a negligent driver who hurt them. If you believe you might have been partially to blame for the accident, you should still speak with an attorney. Even if you are found somewhat responsible for the accident, you may still be entitled to compensation.
Tell us about your pedestrian accident during a free consultation. A personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg is ready to discuss your case and the compensation you could receive for your injuries. Fill out the form below or call our office at 414-271-7007 to get started.