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Pedestrian Accidents

Rochester Personal Injury Attorneys Represent Injured Pedestrians

Minnesota accident lawyers help those hit by cars and other vehicles

When you walk around a neighborhood, you expect to be safe. Crosswalks, stop signs and traffic signals all are designed to protect you from vehicles in the roadway. Unfortunately, sometimes drivers ignore red lights or stop signs or don’t stop at crosswalks. In these situations, pedestrians who are hit can and do suffer serious injuries. The Rochester personal injury attorneys at Suk Law Firm provide compassionate legal representation for injured pedestrians and their families.

Causes of Minnesota accidents involving pedestrians

We’ve seen pedestrians hurt nearly anywhere that people can walk. From driveways and parking lots to sidewalks and crosswalks, there is always the possibility of unexpected danger. Cars, motorcycles, buses and trucks often hit pedestrians. Some of the most common reasons for these accidents include:

  • Distracted drivers. Drivers cannot pay full attention to the road when they are using a cell phone or any other electronic device. In fact, studies from the University of Minnesota have shown that distracted drivers using electronic devices can be more dangerous than drunk drivers. They can also be distracted by passengers, food, or even the button on a car radio.
  • Fatigued drivers. Drowsy driving is nearly as dangerous as drunk driving and results in drivers who aren’t fully focused on the road or the pedestrians in front of them.
  • Intoxicated drivers. As is well known, the use of alcohol or other intoxicants by drivers, even if not over the limit, frequently leads to serious or deadly accidents.
  • Negligence. Drivers who speed, disregard traffic laws or otherwise operate their vehicles recklessly may be found to be negligent under the law.

Our firm helps victims of pedestrian accidents get peace of mind by pursuing just compensation through negotiation or in court if necessary.

Understanding pedestrian injuries

People who are injured in hit-and-runs, as well as other pedestrian accidents, can suffer a variety of serious injuries. Broken bones are common, as are injuries to the hands, feet, back and neck. Many pedestrians hit their head during accidents. The head may impact a vehicle, the road or other hard surfaces. Traumatic brain injuries come in many forms. They can range from minor concussions to serious and debilitating forms of brain damage. In the most serious cases, pedestrians who suffer head injuries can slip into a coma and may never recover or may lose their life due to an impact to the head. At Suk Law Firm, our Rochester injury attorneys represent grieving families who have lost loved ones in wrongful death lawsuits.

Recovering compensation after an accident

In some states, pedestrians are obliged to recover at least some of their medical expenses from their own auto insurer or the insurer of a family member with whom they reside. In other states, pedestrians may recover medical expenses from just the driver who was at fault or that driver’s insurer. In all states we serve, however, victims who suffer serious injuries are able to recover all their uncompensated damages in a lawsuit. These damages cover the otherwise uncovered cost of medical expenses, lost past wages and loss of future earning capacity. Compensation for mental anguish, physical disfigurement, impairment of function, and physical pain are awarded by lawsuit or settlement. Most states also allow for punitive damages, which come from the personal assets of an intoxicated driver. The experienced personal injury litigators at our firm will work closely with your family to develop a plan to maximize your recovery under Minnesota law.

If you or a loved one have been hit by a car, call us today.

At Suk Law Firm, we provide dedicated, considerate representation to injured pedestrians and victims of hit-and-run accidents. If you or a loved one have sustained injuries due to the negligence of a driver, we can help. Call us at 507-322-3310 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Rochester office.

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    5 East Center Street
    Rochester, Minnesota 55904
    Phone: 507-281-0000
    Fax: 507-281-4427