Representing Victims of Pedestrian Accidents Throughout Connecticut

Walking is surprisingly dangerous in Connecticut. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the Nutmeg State averages between 50 and 60 pedestrian deaths each year. These numbers are relatively high compared to our neighbors. Our fatality rate when measured per 100,000 people is 1.69, much higher than in Massachusetts (0.78). Connecticut also sees thousands of people hurt in non-fatal accidents.

If you were injured as a pedestrian, contact Tehrani Law Group today. Our firm can represent injured pedestrians following collisions with motor vehicles, and we offer a free consultation to anyone who would like to learn more about their legal options.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Most accidents involve a collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle. In our experience, the following are the primary causes of these accidents:

Driver distraction. Motorists who are looking at a phone or fiddling with the dials in their car might fail to see a red light up ahead. As a result, they slide through an intersection and mow down pedestrians.

  • Recklessness: Some motorists are very reckless around pedestrians. They might squeeze by too closely and end up clipping someone. Others make a right-hand turn on a red light without checking that the way is clear.
  • Fatigue: Tired drivers are at risk of nodding off even briefly, which means they might not stop in time.
  • Chemical Impairment: Intoxicated or impaired drivers can make mistakes. Due to slowed reflexes, they might fail to stop in time and plow into a pedestrian, sometimes at high speeds.
  • Poor Weather: It’s harder to see a pedestrian in fog or during a storm. Unsurprisingly, many accidents happen in winter or during a rainstorm.
  • Jaywalking: Pedestrians should cross a street at the intersection. Unfortunately, some just fling themselves into the road and end up causing a crash.

Sometimes it is obvious what happened. In other cases, you might have stepped into a crosswalk only to wake up in the hospital in pain. At Tehrani Law Group, we can sift through the evidence to identify who or what is responsible for your collision. This is a necessary first step to bringing a personal injury claim.

Pedestrian Accident Injuries

It isn’t surprising that pedestrians suffer serious injuries. Completely exposed, they can be thrown into the road or into a ditch. They might suffer serious injuries in the initial collision but also when they strike other vehicles or trees.

Our clients are bravely struggling with:

  • Fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal column injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Paralysis

As mentioned above, dozens of people die each year in pedestrian accidents. Their surviving family members don’t know what to do if anything.

Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Victims

Tehrani Law Group believes that accident victims deserve fair compensation when a negligent driver injures them. We can seek a favorable settlement that will defray the costs associated with the accident. You should also receive a fair amount for your pain and suffering and other losses that are harder to define. If a loved one perished in a pedestrian wreck, you can also seek money in a wrongful death lawsuit and our Connecticut pedestrian accident attorney is prepared to help you through this process.

The process for receiving compensation is complicated. If you were struck by a motorist, we can file a claim with the driver’s insurance company. They will investigate the crash and talk to witnesses to find out what happened.

Under Connecticut law, you can receive compensation even if you are partially at fault. Unsurprisingly, many insurers will allege you were not following the rules of the road. For example, they might claim you were jaywalking or crossing when a traffic control signal told you not to. We always fight back against the claim that you are primarily responsible for your injuries.

Another limitation on compensation is the defendant’s insurance. Many drivers are uninsured, or they only carry the minimum required by the state. Tehrani Law Group can search for all available sources of compensation.

What to Do Immediately After an Accident

Ideally, you will call the police to come out to the scene. You can also identify witnesses who saw the crash and can testify about how it unfolded.

Many people are so badly hurt after a collision they can only lie on the road and hope an ambulance comes by. But if you can move around, try to document the accident as best you can. Use your phone to take pictures of the vehicles involved and speak to witnesses.

Call Our Connecticut Pedestrian Injury Lawyer

Tehrani Law Group has served as legal counsel for many pedestrian accident victims. Our Connecticut pedestrian accident attorneys are available to meet with injured victims at a time that is convenient for them. Contact us today online or or call our firm today at (860) 467-1305.