Parker Scheer is a Proven Leader in representing Massachusetts Pedestrians Injured in Car Accidents
As car accident lawyers, we know that while most automobile-related accidents involve collisions between two or more vehicles, a significant number of accidents involve pedestrians struck by motor vehicles while crossing roadways or even walking along public sidewalks. In 2010, pedestrians accounted for 13% of all traffic-related deaths according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That same year, over 70,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents. The groups who are at greatest risk of being involved in a pedestrian car accident are the elderly and children. Children under the age of 15 accounted for 39% of injured pedestrians in 2010, and 8% of the fatalities.
These types of accidents are usually the result of either the driver’s negligence, or pedestrians not paying attention to their surroundings, as is often the case with children. Pedestrian victims who suffer serious injuries in Massachusetts frequently fail to consider the insurance coverage available to them through their own motor vehicle insurance policies, even where the pedestrian’s motor vehicle was not involved in the accident.
Under Massachusetts law, the operator of a motor vehicle who strikes and injures a pedestrian is responsible for paying the first $2000 in medical expenses incurred by the pedestrian caused by the accident. If the pedestrian has health insurance then any additional medical bills should be submitted to the pedestrian’s health insurance carrier for payment. What most people fail to realize however, is that the pedestrian’s own motor vehicle policy may provide the injured pedestrian with additional coverage, above and beyond whatever coverage may be available from the motor vehicle operator responsible for the accident.
Examples of coverage available through the pedestrian’s own motor vehicle coverage includes “Medical Payments” coverage (which provides additional funds to cover accident-related medical bills), “Under-Insured Motorists” coverage (which increases the amount of liability coverage available from the party at fault for the accident) and “Uninsured Motorists” coverage” (which provides coverage in the event the driver of the motor vehicle was uninsured at the time of the accident). Each of these coverage categories may augment or even add coverage otherwise unavailable from the responsible driver.
If you are injured in a car accident, it is important to cooperate with local authorities and give a full account of what happened. Having official records of the details while they are fresh in the mind is important in making your case. It is also best to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you can to learn about your legal options. Consult with a car accident professional who can help build your case. Consult with Parker Scheer LLP.
Do you need a Car Accident Lawyer for a Pedestrian Accident?
In the event you are injured as a pedestrian in a Massachusetts motor vehicle accident, contact our car accident lawyers for a free confidential case review with a member of our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Group or call toll free at to discuss your case. If you need a car accident lawyer outside of Massachusetts, contact us for a referral.