Albuquerque Pedestrian Accident Attorney
How the McKelvey Law Firm Can Help If You Were Seriously Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
According to the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some 76,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2012. In 2011, on average, one pedestrian was injured every eight minutes. Another was killed every two hours.
At one point or another in our day, we are all pedestrians, so we should all be concerned by these statistics. At the McKelvey Law Firm, an experienced Albuquerque pedestrian accident attorney can review the circumstances of your injury, help you decide whether to file a claim or lawsuit, and advise you on exactly how to pursue compensation.
Albuquerque Accident Attorney Discusses: How is This Type of Case Valued?
One of the first questions an accident client often asks an Albuquerque pedestrian accident attorney is, “How much is my case worth?” This is a complicated question that depends on a variety of factors such as the extent of the injury, permanence, prognosis, effect on daily life, etc., all of which play a huge role in valuing settlements and achieving verdicts.
More importantly, if you were the pedestrian, you typically must prove the driver of the motor vehicle was at fault – there is no automatic rule that applies. In fact, like most accident cases, pedestrian injury cases are usually based on a theory of negligence. The law requires an injured party to prove he/she suffered damages as result of another party failing to meet a duty of ordinary care to refrain from causing injury. Importantly, the old saying that pedestrians always have the right of way is essentially false! You must still take care to follow crossing signs, use crosswalks, keep a proper lookout, wear reflective clothing at night, etc. In New Mexico, failure to do so can result in the other side asserting a defense of comparative negligence, i.e. that you shared some percent of fault for the accident such that you are not entitled to be fully compensated for your injuries.
How Can an Albuquerque Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help?
An Albuquerque accident attorney at the McKelvey Law Firm can investigate your accident, obtain police reports, locate and interview witnesses, communicate with the insurance company and help respond to the numerous requests from adjusters for medical records, lost wage reports, and other documentation needed to support a claim. Your attorney can likewise negotiate on your behalf to achieve a fair settlement. If necessary, an attorney can aggressively pursue your claim in court. While no attorney can promise a particular settlement or verdict, much less guarantee you a certain amount of compensation, you can trust your case to a knowledgeable pedestrian accident lawyer at the McKelvey Law Firm who will keep you updated and informed every step of the way.
To speak with an Albuquerque pedestrian accident attorney who can review your case and advise you how best to proceed, contact the McKelvey Law Firm at (505) 254-9090 to set up a free appointment.