Pedestrian injuries and fatalities are nothing new. Unfortunately, there have long been cases of people being hurt or killed by inattentive drivers. But drivers today are more distracted than ever – nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in the U.S. last year.
In the past, people might have been preoccupied by dim lighting, eating, bad weather, speeding, or operating a work vehicle. Now drivers are also often texting and otherwise using their phones while on the road.
Distracted driving is a crisis, and it can lead to tragic and deadly consequences.
Litigating Pedestrian Injury and Death Cases
When a victim or a victim’s family approaches Van Wey Law seeking a pedestrian injuries lawyer, it is important to retain us promptly, as we want to visit the scene of the accident. We want to get there as soon after the accident as possible so we can gather all of the details and evidence.
Drivers today are more distracted than ever – nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in the U.S. last year.
There can be vital evidence that may be lost over time. Skid marks on pavement can be washed away by rain. Parts that have flown off vehicles can be moved. Witnesses will already be getting calls from insurance adjusters.
So, one thing we want to do if distracted driving is suspected is to subpoena the at fault driver’s phone records. Also, if alcohol was involved, we want to obtain records concerning the at fault driver’s blood alcohol level.
Depending on the specifics of the situation, we might request input from accident reconstruction experts. We’ll also photograph anything that’s left behind or might be used as evidence, such as skid marks, car parts or tire scraps. If the driver is arrested for being drunk or under the influence of drugs, we’ll quickly request their mugshots, blood tests, and breathalyzer test results.
Evidence is incredibly important in these cases, so we want to move quickly to obtain and preserve any details that may factor into the litigation.
Legal and Emotional Support
The Van Wey Law team understands that pedestrian accidents are traumatic for the victims and their families. We know that it’s all you can do to keep body and soul together, let alone worry about a legal case. Not only do you and your loved ones have to worry about making a physical recovery, but there may be financial ramifications if the victim can no longer work and was a wage-earner for the family.
That’s why we tell our clients to focus solely on their recovery and coping with the trauma and grief of the accident. When someone hires us as their pedestrian accident lawyers, we will be the ones lying awake at night stressing about the details of the case. Our job is to build your case to the best of our abilities, and yours is to heal and recover.