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Prince William County | Pedestrian Accident AttorneyPedestrian Accidents in Manassas, Virginia

Crossing the street should be safe, but it's not. Unfortunately, with the rise of cell phones and infotainment systems in cars, a lot of drivers take their eyes off the road far too often, and for far too long. Because of this, they're simply not looking and because they are not paying attention, they do not see pedestrians in crosswalks, or even the red lights that command the drivers to stop. When pedestrians are hit, the injuries are often severe, and can be fatal. If you have been hurt as a pedestrian by a negligent driver, contact a Manassas pedestrian accident lawyer today, so that we can help you get the compensation that you deserve, and hold the negligent drivers accountable for their actions.

Blaszkow Legal is a leading Northern Virginia law firm, serving Manassas and all of Prince William county. Attorney Joe Blaszkow founded the firm to help people who were injured, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives, and can collect the money that they are entitled to. Our team of experienced lawyers, paralegals, and investigators are trained to fight for you, from the beginning of a case to the end. Contact us today for a free consultation!

What you need to do after a Manassas Pedestrian Accident

There are certain things that you can do to protect yourself, and to begin fighting for the compensation that you are entitled to. However, you have to remember that insurance companies are fighting against you almost immediately. No matter how nice you may think they sound on the phone, insurance adjusters are never on your side. However, a pedestrian accident lawyer is. You can take the following steps to help preserve evidence, and build your case:

  1. Call the police. Never let someone tell you that you're okay, or that you don't need to report the accident. You most definitely do! Even if you're not sure if you're hurt, you should always call 911. Calling the police documents the accident, it documents the location, and the time as well. It also ensures that you get all of the information that you need about the person who caused the incident.

  2. Determine who hit you. Many people make the mistake of only getting someone's insurance information. Remember: vehicle insurance cards only list the owners of a vehicle, not always the driver. For example, if a child uses a parent's car, chances are only the parents' information is on that card. Your claim is always against the driver of the vehicle, not necessarily the owner. Always get a copy of the driver's state-issued ID, or driver's license.

  3. Obtain witness information. Anyone who saw the accident, any or all of it, is going to be an invaluable source later on. However, the police don't always get that information, and even if they do, they may not want to give it up without a subpoena. Always get people's contact information if you can. This means name, address, phone number, and email address if you can.

  4. Take as many pictures as you possibly can! There is no such thing as too many pictures. But if you can, document as much as possible. This may simply mean turning the video camera on on your phone, and rotating it around just to preserve the evidence. Alternately, take as many pictures of you as you can of traffic lights, Tire marks, damage, injuries, debris, anything and everything that may be relating to the accident, and will help to give us the evidence we need to prove your case.

  5. Get checked out by a doctor immediately! No matter how bad the accident is, or no matter how minor you think it may be, you need to see a doctor immediately. There are a lot of injuries that can be suffered after blunt force trauma (such as being struck with a vehicle!) that are not immediately apparent. An experienced Medical practitioner can give you a comprehensive evaluation, and make sure that you are okay. Or, they can get you to the treatment that you need. Go to the hospital, OR at least, an Urgent Care center. Do not delay!

  6. Call a Manassas pedestrian accident lawyer. Always call an experienced Law Firm right away that will begin preserving evidence, and investigating the case. Blaszkow Legal will get to work on your case immediately, as soon as you call us

Negligence and Manassas, VA Pedestrian Accidents

As the person bringing the claim against the at-fault party, you have a responsibility to prove your case. That means that we (you and your attorney) have to develop the evidence to prove that the other person caused the crash. Additionally, we have to fight the arguments that we know the other side is going to make. In pedestrian accident cases, the insurance companies almost always argue that the pedestrian was somehow responsible for the accident. This is not just semantics, because in Virginia, we have a "contributory negligence" law that says that a person who is even partially responsible for an accident cannot recover - anything.

In order to defeat these arguments, we have to begin investigating right away. As soon as you call us, we will begin to pull camera footage, and interview Witnesses so that we can knock down the barriers that the insurance companies want to throw up against your compensation.

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Prince William County Accident AttorneyCauses of Virginia Pedestrian Accidents

Most pedestrian accidents occur because the driver is not looking where they are going. They are entirely preventable.

Some of the more common incidents of negligence that lead to pedestrian accidents include:

  • Failing to stop at stop lights

  • Turning without making sure that there are no pedestrians in crosswalk

  • Distracted driving

  • Drunk driving or impaired driving

  • Failing to check mirrors before reversing out of a parking space

  • Driving on the shoulder

  • Speeding

  • Improper passing

It is important to remember that pedestrians do not always have the right of way, however. You as a pedestrian have to cross the street in a crosswalk, when and where it is safe to do so, and if the intersection is controlled, then in accordance with the "walk /don't walk" signs.

Your Claim for Damages After a Manassas Pedestrian Accident

Your claim against the person whose negligence caused your injuries is made up of numerous elements that we call damages. Damages is a legal term that is supposed to encompass all of the ways that the accident as affected you, and your life. There are many elements that makeup damages, such as

  • Medical expenses

  • Future medical expenses

  • Lost wages

  • Future lost wages

  • Loss of earning capacity

  • Pain and suffering

  • Inconvenience

  • Humiliation

  • Loss of enjoyment of life

  • Impairment in activities of daily living

  • Permanency

  • Scarring

  • Disfigurement

  • Emotional trauma and distress

Get help today from a Manassas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Attorney Joe Blaszkow and his team have worked for many years, fighting for people who have been hurt by negligent drivers, whether those drivers are in cars, trucks, or buses. You have a right to fight for the compensation that you deserve, and you should never fight alone. Call our experienced team and we will get to work on proving your case, and holding the negligent people responsible.

There is no risk to call us today, because we work on a contingency fee basis. That means that we don't get paid unless you collect money. Call us today, and let us get started fighting for you!

Alexandria/Northern Virginia Office:
5270 Shawnee Road #102, Alexandria, Va. 22312

Richmond Office:
7824 Shrader Road, Richmond, Va. 23294

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The Manassas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Joe Blaszkow got his start in personal injury law, right after graduated from Georgetown Law. He has become one of the eminent pedestrian accident attorneys in Virginia, and was one of the first lawyers to receive a judgment of Punitive Damages against a drunk driver!

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