Billerica Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian Accidents in Billerica
Billerica is a town of over 42,000 residents located about 24 miles northwest of Boston. Billerica is a center for advanced manufacturing, technology and transportation. The town also contains great schools and a number of tourist attractions, including the Billerica State Forest, the Middlesex Canal Museum and Warren H. Manning State Park. People are drawn to Billerica for its vibrant culture and kind people.
Being hit by a vehicle can greatly reduce a person’s quality of life and enjoyment for living, as well as that of their loved ones and families. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by a negligent vehicle operator, you should not have to pay for your own medical bills. The pedestrian accident attorneys at DiBella Law Offices P.C. have successfully fought for thousands of clients and will fight for you. Give us a call today at (978) 327-5140.
You are not automatically entitled to compensation if you are a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle. Not every vehicle operator is negligent, which is why you need to be aware of situations where pedestrians do and do not have the right-of-way. Personal injury claims in Billerica are won by proving that another person’s careless actions led to your injuries. You prove this by showing that the vehicle operator was negligent. An attorney from DiBella Law Offices P.C. can help you to prove that the vehicle operator was negligent so you can get the compensation you merit.
Billerica uses modified comparative negligence. This means that even if the pedestrian is partially responsible for the accident, they will are compensated if they were less than 51% responsible, though the compensation may be reduced.
When Do Pedestrians Have the Right-of-Way?
In Billerica, pedestrians who are crossing a street at a crosswalk or who are properly following traffic signals always have the right-of-way. When the pedestrian has the right to cross an intersection (e.g., when the “Walk” signal is on), vehicles must stop to allow the pedestrian to go through the intersection, and vehicles must always give a reasonable amount of space to pedestrians to allow them to cross.
Where no sidewalk is provided, meaning pedestrians must walk on the roadway, pedestrians still have the right-of-way. Vehicles must slow down, give the pedestrian plenty of room and only pass when it is safe to do so.
When Do Pedestrians Not Have the Right-of-Way?
As do vehicle operators, pedestrians must follow all traffic rules and signals. This means that pedestrians must not jaywalk and they must give the right-of-way to vehicles when traffic has a green light at an intersection. Pedestrians must be careful not to cross roads in front of cars that do not have a marked place for pedestrians to cross. Also, pedestrians crossing state highways must also use extreme caution and give way to all vehicles.
How Does Compensation Work After an Accident?
If you are a pedestrian who was injured in a traffic accident, you are able to make a claim against the driver’s insurance policy. The driver’s insurance might be able to cover some or all of your expenses; however, you might find yourself in a situation where the driver only has a minimum policy and it is too low to cover all of your costs. If you are in this situation, or if the insurance provider does not want to cover costs for the negligent driver, you are able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver or insurance company.
Compensation for a wide range of problems that arise from an injury may be claimed for in a personal injury lawsuit. These include medical expenses, expenses relating to physical therapy or rehabilitation, lost income and more. Speak to one of our attorneys today to learn about the best option for you.
We are on Your Side
DiBella Law Offices P.C. stand by your side and fight for you to get the compensation you deserve. We understand the law as it applies in these cases and have successfully represented thousands of injury victims and recovered millions of dollars for them. You can be confident in our ability to pursue justice for you.
You do not have to go through this alone. Give us a call today at (978) 327-5140.