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Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Pedestrian accidents happen every day. When negligent drivers don’t pay enough attention to the streets or break traffic laws, it endangers the lives of the road’s most vulnerable users. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported almost 6,000 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. in 2016. This is the equivalent of one fatality every hour and a half. Thousands of others suffered serious and debilitating injuries.

The Phoenix pedestrian accident lawyers at Knapp & Roberts can help if you or a loved one suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident. Our personal injury law firm focuses on making a personal connection with each one of its clients. Our main mission is to get clients the compensation they need to move forward with their lives after sustaining serious injuries. We use proven legal strategies and aggressive litigation tactics to obtain maximum compensation. Contact us for a free case review.

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Why Should I Hire a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?

A Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney can fill you in on what state and local laws say about pedestrian rights and responsibilities. For example, did you know you don’t always have the right-of-way? A legal consultation can give you important information about your accident, such as who might be liable for your injuries. You may have the power to hold more than just the driver responsible for damages. An accident lawyer has the knowledge, legal education, and resources you need to build a strong case.

A pedestrian accident lawyer can also give you a better chance of securing fair compensation from an insurance company. Arizona is a fault-based car insurance state, meaning you must prove the other party’s fault to recover compensation from his or her insurance company. You may have to go head-to-head with an insurance company that denies liability. Hiring an attorney gives you an advantage during insurance settlement negotiations. You can most likely get much more for your claim with a lawyer than you could alone.

Insurance companies often take advantage of injured pedestrians and accident victims in Arizona. They may use trick tactics to convince victims to accept low-ball settlement offers, or unfairly delay or deny claims. Handing over insurance negotiations to a lawyer protects you from bad faith insurance dealings. Your attorney will handle communications with insurance claims adjusters while you focus on your injuries. The right lawyer can be the best investment you make during the claims process.

How Does a Phoenix Injury Attorney Help Me?

An attorney’s job starts by relieving you from fear and anxiety regarding your case. The Phoenix personal injury lawyers at Knapp & Roberts are friendly, compassionate, and caring. They use free consultations to get to know their clients, listening to their stories and learning how the accident changed their lives. That way, they will be better able to demonstrate the impact of the pedestrian accident to a judge and jury. After the initial consultation, your attorney should provide the following services:

  • Accident investigation. Your lawyer can investigate your accident, returning to the scene of the collision to gather any available evidence. Factors such as posted road signs (or lack thereof), shrubs blocking stop signs, poorly designed intersections, and malfunctioning crosswalk signals could serve as evidence in your case. Your lawyer can preserve and collect key case information.
  • Case filing. Your Phoenix-based attorney will file your pedestrian accident case with the correct local civil court based on the value of your claim. Your lawyer will make sure your claim fulfills all applicable requirements and specifications to avoid a claim delay. Your lawyer will also make sure you meet the state’s two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims.
  • Compensation negotiations. An attorney can take over conversations with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, making sure you don’t hurt your odds of compensation by divulging the wrong information to a claims adjuster. Your lawyer can find out how much coverage the driver has on his/her policy, whether it will cover your damages, and how to get the most for your claim.
  • Personal injury trial services. Most pedestrian accident claims do not need to go to trial. Settlement concessions during mediation can often garner the results the plaintiff wants. However, a trial can result in higher compensation for some victims. If the insurance company won’t concede during mediation, your lawyer should have the ability to take your case to court in Phoenix. Look for trial experience when choosing your lawyer.
  • Handling balance liens. Arizona Revised Statutes Section 33-931 gives hospitals and health care providers the right to place liens on settlements or lawsuit verdicts. However, this right comes with many restrictions, including limits to the amount of the lien. A lawyer can negotiate a lien away using arguments such as a missed deadline, the incorrect county, an error in the lien, or a lien for unnecessary items.

An Phoenix car accident attorney should take care of every aspect of your claim in Phoenix. No matter where you are in the legal process, your attorney should be able to step in, organize the information, build a case, and fight for fair compensation. The attorneys at Knapp & Roberts have everything you need for a strong, results-driven pedestrian accident claim. We’ve gone up against major insurance companies in the past and won excellent verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients. Trust us with your case for a worthwhile legal experience.

How Do I Recover Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident in Arizona?

Compensation is the money you could receive for your pedestrian accident damages. Arizona civil law aims to compensate accident victims for their related losses through the civil claims process. The amount you could receive depends on the specifics of your case. There is a process injured parties must follow to recover compensation in Phoenix. It starts with filing your personal injury claim with the correct courthouse. You have the option to hire a lawyer to handle the claims filing process for you.

To file your claim, visit the Maricopa Superior Court. Tell the court clerk you wish to file a personal injury claim. You will need to identify the defendant, or the at-fault party, and direct the claim at him or her or the insurance company. Fill out all the necessary information on the claims form, pay the fee, and submit them to the court. You will then need to “serve” the defendant a notice of your lawsuit.

At this point, the defendant can choose to deny your claim or enter into settlement negotiations. If you receive a denial, you can take your claim directly to trial. The easiest way to recover compensation as an injured pedestrian in Phoenix is with help from a lawyer. An experienced accident attorney can take care of claims filing and all other aspects of your case on your behalf, while you focus on getting well.

How Much Does a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Cost?

Your lawyer doesn’t have to cost you anything out-of-pocket. The attorneys at Knapp & Roberts accept clients on a contingency-fee basis. This means you having to pay attorney’s fees are contingent on us winning your case. You won’t pay a penny unless your lawyer secures you a monetary award.

If you do win your case, we’ll take the legal fees directly out of the settlement or judgment, so you never have to pay for your services from your own income. The average compensation agreement at a personal injury firm is one-third, or 33.33% of the amount recovered. This fee may change according to the specifics of your case. Find out the exact cost of our lawyers during a free consultation.

Arizona Pedestrian Laws

The best way to protect yourself as a pedestrian in Arizona is to understand and follow the laws that apply to you. Obeying the law can protect you from dangerous interactions with motor vehicles as much as possible. It can also keep your movements and intentions predictable for drivers, helping to keep you safe. Always stay alert and prepare for motor vehicle drivers to ignore your rights. A few laws to know while walking in Phoenix are as follows:

  • Crosswalks. Pedestrians always possess the right-of-way, or right to cross, at marked crosswalks in Arizona. Vehicles must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks when they are in the same half of the roadway as the car, or when a pedestrian is crossing closely enough from the opposite side as to “constitute a danger.”
  • Yield signs. If a road or walkway has a Yield to Pedestrians sign, all vehicles must come to complete stops and yield to pedestrians, whether they are at a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
  • Intersections. Pedestrians have the right to cross marked or unmarked intersections as long as it’s safe to do so. If the intersection has a traffic control device, pedestrians must wait for the “Walk” signal and only cross between two adjacent intersections.

If crossing somewhere other than a marked crosswalk or intersection, pedestrians have to yield the right-of-way to vehicles. Pedestrians must wait on the curb, in a safe location, until it is reasonably safe to cross. Pedestrians cannot suddenly leave curbs to enter the road – at crosswalks or elsewhere – if a moving vehicle is too close to allow the driver to stop or yield. You could still be eligible for compensation even if you broke a pedestrian law and contributed to your accident.

Contact a Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

One conversation with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in Phoenix could enlighten you about your legal rights and options. The dedicated Phoenix trial lawyers at Knapp & Roberts have years of experience handling all types of personal injury claims throughout Arizona. We know exactly how to litigate serious injury claims to the best interests of the client. Let us represent your case and see the difference a great Arizona law firm can make.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident in Phoenix, Arizona, call Knapp & Roberts at (480) 991-7677. We can help you secure the compensation you need after a personal injury incident. Contact us today to start with a free case evaluation.

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