Kelowna Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Every year, about 2,400 people in British Columbia are victims of pedestrian accidents, and on average, 58 people annually succumb to their injuries. Many more are permanently disabled or will otherwise suffer long-term consequences from the collision. If you or a loved one are in this position, it is a frightening time, but help is available.

A Kelowna personal injury lawyer at Preszler Injury Lawyers is ready to hear your story, evaluate the strength of your case, and help guide you through the next steps for making a damages claim. We are ready to stand by your side every step of the way in the pursuit of fair and full compensation for your injuries. If you accept the first settlement offer from the insurance company, you may be getting much less than you deserve. You have nothing to lose by consulting with a seasoned lawyer with years of experience negotiating accident claims and properly estimating the total value of losses sustained by crash victims. All initial consultations are free.

What to do after a pedestrian accident

Unfortunately, when a motor vehicle strikes a person, the victim is often too badly injured to act after the accident. However, if the injured party can collect evidence at the scene, or have a friend or relative collect such evidence, it can aid their accident claim.

Always report the accident to the police. If possible, use your smartphone to take photos of the accident scene and the vehicle, as well as your injuries. Get the insurance and contact information for the driver, and contact information for any witnesses.

Write down or record your memory of the accident as soon as possible.

Pedestrian accident injuries

When a vehicle weighing several tons hits a human body, the results are often catastrophic. Serious pedestrian accident injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries, leading to paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Multiple fractures
  • Disfigurement

Pedestrian accidents and fault

Common causes of accidents in which pedestrians are hit by cars include:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign or traffic signal
  • Ignoring the pedestrian’s right of way
  • Passing another vehicle with no view of the crosswalk

Pedestrian accident damages

Damages, or compensation, for a pedestrian accident may include:

  • Lost wages, present and future
  • Physical therapy and related expenses
  • Loss of housekeeping capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Statute of limitations

In British Columbia, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the accident. However, it is critical to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after the accident. We will begin an investigation immediately before evidence gets lost.

Contact Kelowna pedestrian accident lawyers

If you or a loved one were injured after being hit by a car, choose a pedestrian accident law firm with a reputation for open communication with its clients, and a track record of success in cases just like yours. Call Prezler Injury Lawyers today or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. Our firm has been helping accident victims for over 50 years, and our results speak for themselves. There is never a fee unless we win.