A Law Firm That Helps Victims Of Backup Accidents
If you've been injured in Vancouver, WA, count on Colin
In many pedestrian accidents, a car moving forward strikes a person who was walking. But in some accidents, pedestrians are struck by a vehicle backing up. The result is the same - and pedestrians can be left with serious injuries. The Scott Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to helping injured pedestrians get the compensation they need to get their lives back on track.
Many vehicles are not equipped with rear-facing backup cameras or backup alarms. So it's even more important for the drivers of those vehicles to carefully check for pedestrians when backing up. In Vancouver, WA these accidents often occur when a motorist is backing out of a driveway or parking space.
Pedestrian accident attorney Colin Scott knows the impact injuries can have on victims and their families. Many injuries require surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy and multiple follow-up appointments. The medical expenses can add up very quickly and become overwhelming. Many victims also lose income because they are unable to work.
Who is at fault in a backup accident?
Drivers must be aware of their surroundings and take precautions to avoid hitting pedestrians when backing out of a parking space, as it is against the law to do otherwise. If a driver hits a pedestrian in this situation, they are generally responsible for the accident.
Pedestrian accidents in parking lots can cause a variety of injuries, such as broken bones, spinal cord damage, and traumatic brain injuries. Recovery can take months or even years, and some victims never fully heal. Because of the significant cost, fault for backup accidents is often disputed. The insurance companies have a strong financial incentive to do so. You need the right advocate on your side.
Vancouver, WA backup accident attorney Colin Scott understands the impact these incidents have on victims and their families. Our law firm knows how to handle cases involving pedestrians hit by a car reversing out of a parking space, driveway, or other location. Whether you were injured in a backover accident, hit by someone reversing out of a driveway, injured in a parking lot, or another scenario, our law firm has the experience and resources to put you in the position to collect maximum compensation.
You deserve full compensation
When you've been hurt because of the negligence of another, you shouldn't have to pay the price for their mistake. Our Vancouver-based firm works with our clients to determine the total amount of damages you suffered. These include both economic damages (such as medical bills and lost wages) and non-economic damages (also referred to as "pain and suffering"). Then we fight to hold negligent parties accountable.
Other factors may have been involved. The driver may have been distracted while backing up - for example, looking at a phone or talking to a passenger. The driver may have had slow reflexes due to fatigue or alcohol use. Or the driver may have backed up too fast and was not able to stop in time. All are possible examples of negligence.
But recovering compensation can be complicated. The driver may deny responsibility for what happened. One would think insurance companies are supposed to help the injured in these circumstances, but they are mostly concerned with protecting their profits. They may dispute the extent of your injuries. They may even suggest you were partially to blame for what happened. These insurance defense strategies can greatly reduce the potential value of your claim if you do not hire a personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights.
Building a strong case together
That’s why you need a Vancouver personal injury attorney who will fight for your rights. Working together with his clients, Colin can investigate to get the facts. He can take steps to obtain and review pertinent documentation, including accident reports and medical records, photographs of the scene, and other records that are needed to prove your case. He can also identify witnesses, conduct interviews, and hire a private investigator to uncover additional facts in your case as needed.
Colin focuses on building strong cases that can prove a driver's negligence was to blame for what happened. When insurance companies see that our firm is prepared to fight them in court, they will often make our clients a settlement offer. But if the insurance company's initial settlement offer doesn't meet your needs, we can also fight for you in court.
If you were hurt walking behind a reversing car or in another type of backup accident, talk to an attorney as soon as possible. It's important to protect your rights now or the right to seek legal compensation for your injuries may be lost forever.
Learn more about how an experienced Vancouver pedestrian accident attorney can help you. Contact us online or call 360-718-3640 today to schedule a free consultation.