For a sleepy town like Hyannis, pedestrian accidents shouldn’t be a common occurrence. However, Hyannis lies in the heart of busy Barnstable and pedestrians are forced to share the roads with many vehicles coming in and out of Cape Cod.
Many pedestrian accidents occur without the pedestrian committing a single act of negligence. No one asks to be hit by a car when taking a simple stroll. If you are in a Hyannis pedestrian accident, your injuries are possibly severe. Pedestrian accidents often end with permanent disfigurement or even death.
If you’ve been the victim of a Hyannis pedestrian accident, trust the personal injury lawyers at Goldberg & Weigand, LLP. Our team will fight for your rights in court.
Hyannis Pedestrian Accident Statistics
When it comes to pedestrian accidents in the city Barnstable, Hyannis is a hotbed for pedestrian accident activity.
Since 2002, Barnstable has seen 199 pedestrian accident. One hundred thirty-three of those accidents has occurred in or around Hyannis. Thankfully, none of those accidents ended with a loss of life.
Only one of the six pedestrian accidents to occur in Barnstable in 2019 happened Hyannis. For a town like Hyannis, whose population is only 14,000 people, to have around seven pedestrian accidents a year seems like too many.
The most dangerous street in Hyannis is Main Street, with 25 pedestrian accidents since 2002.
What Do I Do After a Pedestrian Accident?
If you’ve been in a pedestrian accident, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Someone at the scene needs to call 911 to make sure everyone involved is okay.
Once injuries are documented by a medical professional, you should gather as much information at the scene as you can. To build a strong case for your pedestrian accident claim, you’ll need to present the following:
- Insurance Information for All Parties
- Witnesses Accounts
- Pictures of the Accident Scene
In most cases, the pedestrian gets the benefit of the doubt from Massachusetts law in car accident cases. For a top-flight Hyannis pedestrian accident lawyer, proving fault in these cases is relatively easy.
Just because it seems easy, doesn’t mean you should toss your claim to only any attorney. Call the offices of Goldberg & Weigand, LLP today to make sure your claim is handled correctly.
How Much Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident?
Massachusetts is one of the few states operating on no-fault laws. No-fault laws call for a “percentage of fault” to be assigned to either party. The pedestrian will need to prove they are responsible for less than 50 percent of the accident to gain compensation. Considering how many pedestrian accidents occur, it’s difficult for a pedestrian not to gain compensation.
Laws in Massachusetts dictate a pedestrian has the right away when crossing the street:
- At a crosswalk with a “walk” signal or green light
- At an intersection with a “walk” signal or green light
- On public roadways
Vehicles sharing the road with pedestrians need to provide plenty of space when passing and approaching. Following these rules allows for safe travel for both parties.
The nature of cars vs. people on the road means the pedestrian will typically get taken care of in a suit. When you are the victim of a Hyannis pedestrian accident, you should file for these types of compensation:
- Medical costs
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Related out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost earning capacity
The law groups these payments into two kinds: monetary and non-monetary damages. Monetary damages such as medical costs and lost earnings are simple enough to prove with paystubs and bills. Non-monetary damages like pain and suffering need to be argued in court by an experienced personal injury attorney. They play a crucial role in swaying the court’s opinion to make sure a pedestrian accident victim receives maximum compensation.
When is a Pedestrian Accident At-Fault?
Rare is the case where a pedestrian receives blame for an accident. It is possible if the police on the scene determine in a report that the pedestrian acted with negligence.
A scenario where this is the case could be if a pedestrian crosses the street at night where there is no crosswalk. However, the pedestrian will still sustain injuries from that accident.
A Hyannis pedestrian accident attorney can advocate for you in court if the accident reports blame you for the wreck. Don’t let your damages go uncompensated.
How do I File for a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
Hyannis residents don’t need to go about their pedestrian accident claim alone. Goldberg & Weigand, LLP is here to fight for you.
Peter Goldberg and Blair Weigand are long-time Hyannis residents who won’t let big insurance companies bully our community. Our personal injury team has your back, Hyannis.
Call our office 24 hours a day at 508-775-9099 for a free, confidential consultation.