Traversing the streets of New Bedford on foot can be a lot of fun, but it is not without its own set of dangers. Pedestrian accidents are apt to occur anytime that people and vehicles share the streets, as evidenced by the fact that nearly 50 people lost their lives on Massachusetts’ roadways during the 18-month period ending June 2020, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). And when a pedestrian accident happens, the aftermath can be quite devastating. Serious injuries often occur, including injuries that follow the pedestrian for years to come—or even for life.
If you have been injured while traveling on foot in or around New Bedford, reach out to Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. Our pedestrian accident attorneys want to help you understand your legal options as an injured party.
Sadly, pedestrian accidents are needless and avoidable for the most part. If drivers would use better practices on the roadway, nearly all accidents involving pedestrians could be prevented. Life-altering outcomes are often the norm for pedestrians struck by passenger vehicles on the streets, highways, and byways in Massachusetts. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
Most often, the cause of a pedestrian accident falls back on the driver of a vehicle sharing the road with the injured party. Still, even though that is the norm, there are exceptions. Pedestrians can also be injured in non-vehicle accidents, such as falls that occur on public streets, for example. If you are not sure who to blame for your injuries, our New Bedford pedestrian accident attorneys are ready to investigate your case and assign blame where it is due.
In most pedestrian accidents, claimants are awarded a package of compensation that includes recoupment of medical bills (past, present, and future) and lost wages (including future lost wages due to diminished capacity in cases where disability results from the accident). Awards for pain and suffering or mental anguish are also on the table. Pedestrians who suffer the most serious injuries generally receive larger settlements and bigger verdicts. This is especially true of catastrophic accidents resulting in lifelong deficits and medical problems. Surviving family members of pedestrian accident victims may also be able to recover damages for the loss of their loved ones.
The seasoned and knowledgeable legal team with Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., has a long history of helping injured people be made financially whole again in the aftermath of horrific accidents, including pedestrian accidents. Our New Bedford pedestrian accident attorneys are available to discuss your legal rights and options, including the compensation that you may be entitled to recover from the at-fault party in your case. Reach out for aggressive, compassionate representation and counsel now. Set up a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 617-917-3917.