Pedestrian Accident Q&A - Experienced Columbus OH Injury Attorney
At the Smith Law Office, we know that a serious pedestrian accident can be devastating - and can lead to many questions. Victims and families who lost loved ones can rely on Scott Elliot Smith, an experienced car and truck accident attorney who has handled a variety of personal injury cases over the years, including accidents involving pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Call 800-930-SCOTT immediately for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured or a loved one died in an accident.
To help you learn more about your rights and options, we have compiled the following list of frequently asked questions about pedestrian accidents. If you don't see your question listed, call us and let us know what is on your mind.
Q: Do I need to hire an attorney after a Columbus pedestrian accident?
A: Technically, no. But hiring an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Columbus may dramatically increase the likelihood you will receive the compensation you deserve for your accident. The insurance company will try to pay you as little as possible, and they have lawyers looking out for their best interests. Hiring an attorney is especially important if your accident was caused partially or fully by a negligent driver- such as a drunk driver, distracted or texting driver, or a speeding driver. You could be entitled to more compensation than the insurance company wants you to believe.
Q: What types of damages can I recover after a pedestrian accident in Columbus?
A: No two accidents are the same. So, the amount of damages, or compensation, depends on the circumstances of the accident. There are many different types of damages which pedestrians may be entitled to recover after an accident. Victims may be entitled to receive compensation for medical expenses and cost of future medical care, lost wages from missing work and loss of future earning capacity, to name a few "economic" losses. You also may be entitled to non-economic damages, such as pain, suffering and emotional distress. In rare cases, victims may receive punitive damages designed to punish drivers who acted with gross negligence or malicious intent. Scott Elliot Smith can determine the total amount of damages you have suffered as a result of your accident.
Q: What if I was partially at fault for my pedestrian accident?
A: Even if you were partially at fault for an accident - perhaps you crossed outside a marked crosswalk or against a traffic signal - you may still be entitled to compensation if driver negligence also contributed to the accident. We strongly recommend that you contact an attorney before accepting blame. Scott Elliot Smith will review the details of your accident to look for any evidence that driver negligence was partially at fault.
Q: How much does an attorney cost in Columbus?
A: At the Smith Law Office, our Columbus pedestrian accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay no fees unless we win your case. You don't have to worry about any upfront costs or making payments as your case moves along. Your legal counsel is free until both you and we are victorious. The firm receives a percentage of the settlement when the case is won. We don't get paid until you get paid. No matter what your circumstances are, you can afford to hire an experienced attorney. Discover the difference an aggressive, diligent personal injury lawyer can make. Contact us today. Call 800-930-SCOTT.