When Cars Strike Pedestrians - How a Wichita Kansas Lawyer Can Help Fight for Your Compensation
As gas prices go up and down, more and more people are seeking alternate methods of getting around. People are using bicycles to go to work in Wichita and surrounding communities. They are walking to and from the local grocery store or other nearby destinations. In doing so, they are trusting that the drivers of the motor vehicles they share the roads with will obey the rules so they can stay safe. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case.
The experienced legal team at Warner Law Offices understands that as more people take to Kansas sidewalks and bicycle lanes, more accidents are happening at intersections, crosswalks and roadways across the state. Pedestrians and bicyclists have the same rights on the road as people in cars. The problem is that some of the people in cars fail to recognize those rights and others are simply too busy text messaging or engaging in other activities to pay proper attention. When that happens, it can result in serious injuries or even a wrongful death.
Our attorneys can help pedestrians and bicyclists who have been:
- Hit by cars while walking through crosswalks
- Hit by trucks pulling out of parking lots who ignore people walking on the sidewalk
- Hit by drivers taking right turns in front of them
Even when a pedestrian or bicyclist is clearly not at fault for an accident, the person who caused your accident - and his or her insurance company - may try to deny responsibility for an accident. They may delay your claim or even try to say that your injuries were caused by something other than the bicycle accident. Because we have an experienced registered nurse as one of our attorneys, we are able to effectively challenge such allegations.
Q&A With a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
- Do I need an attorney after a pedestrian or bicycle accident in Kansas?
- Can you explain what I might be compensated for after a pedestrian or bicycle accident?
- What if I'm partially at fault for an accident?
- How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
People who choose to work without a lawyer after their pedestrian or bicycle accident often end up with less money to pay for their losses than those who retain legal counsel. Pedestrian accidents often result in devastating injuries. Even if you aren't at fault for your accident, insurance companies might try to bully you into accepting a fast settlement - before the true long-term cost of your injuries is known. You can level the playing field with a pedestrian accident attorney who knows how to protect your rights.
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Can you explain what I might be compensated for after a pedestrian or bicycle accident?
Pedestrian and bicycle accident victims are often entitled to compensation for accident-related medical expenses such as ambulance and emergency room fees, cost of future medical care, lost wages from being unable to work, and loss of future earning capacity. In some cases, a lawyer might be able to obtain damages for pain, suffering, emotional distress, and punitive damages designed to punish drivers who acted with gross negligence or malicious intent.
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What if I'm partially at fault for an accident?
First of all, we recommend not admitting fault after an accident. The aftermath of a pedestrian or bicycle accident can be a confusing and chaotic time. An investigation may show that you did nothing wrong, even if you think you were at least partly to blame. But even if it's determined that you were partially at fault, you may still be entitled to compensation. Determining who is at fault in even the most straightforward of accidents is oftentimes a complex, difficult process. Other drivers - and their insurance companies - may be eager to point the finger at you for causing the accident. That's why we strongly recommend you contact an attorney. Contact the Warner Law Offices before admitting fault for an accident or accepting a settlement offer.
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How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
You don't pay us anything up front. We only get paid attorney's fees if you win. Attorneys Thomas M. Warner and Anne H. Pankratz understand you have enough to deal with after your accident. Wondering how to pay for a lawyer should be the least of your concerns. Your initial consultation also is free. If you win, then we receive a percentage of the financial recovery.
Learn How We Can Protect Your Rights. Contact Us Today.
If you've been injured in an accident, you need more than just a lawyer. You need a law office on your side with the experience and medical training necessary to protect your rights. Each of Warner Law Office's knowledgeable attorneys has more than 25 years of experience tirelessly fighting on behalf of injury victims in Wichita and throughout Kansas. Let us make a difference in your life. Contact us. Call 866-584-1032 to set up a free case evaluation with one of our team members today.