Wheelchair Accidents Are Dangerous
When a person confined to a motorized or power wheelchair is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic. As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury and wrongful death lawyer, I know that car wrecks involving electric mobility devices tend to get grouped in with all other automobile-versus-pedestrian accidents. Many insurance companies place motorized wheelchair accidents with other types of accidents in order to avoid giving car wreck victims with the money they actually deserve.
However, it is important to be distinctive as people confined to a scooter or wheelchair are often prevented from taking the evasive action that an able bodied person can if a car or truck is hurtling towards them. Disabled individuals cannot simply dive out of the way to avoid being hit. Consequently, motorized wheelchair users typically suffer severe injuries if they are ever involved in a car crash. According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, 56 percent of collisions between motor vehicle and electric mobility devices resulted in fatal injuries to the wheelchair user, which is why these types of accidents must be held with great importance.
Making a Claim for Compensation After an Auto Versus Wheelchair Accident
As with any sort of traffic accident involving a pedestrian, it is likely that the motorist was the person at-fault for the wreck. However, you will usually need to hire a good Dallas-Fort Worth pedestrian injury attorney in order to prove driver negligence. The board certified trial lawyers at our Dallas-Fort Worth law firm would be happy to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation on your case. Another safety issue which users of electric wheelchairs and motorized scooters should be aware of is the potential for injuries caused by design or manufacture defects. Such defects may result in serious injuries and it may be possible to recover damages against the wheelchair’s manufacturer by making a product liability claim. Regardless what type of representation you need, the attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm know exactly how to win you the compensation you may be entitled to. We have represented countless amounts of car accident victims, including victims who were on their wheelchair when they were struck by a car.
While it is possible for a car accident victim to attempt to fight the at-fault driver's insurance company on their own, the likelihood that they will be successful are significantly smaller than when hiring a personal injury attorney for many reasons. One of these reasons is that insurance adjusters are trained to save the insurance company money from going into the hands of a car accident victim. They do this by not answering your phone calls, making excuses, and even using your own medical records against you. Another way that insurance companies prevent car wreck victims from receiving compensation is by using their very own insurance attorneys. This is an especially important reason why it is important to hire a personal injury attorney. The attorneys of insurance companies don't expect for car wreck victims to be protected by attorneys, which is why we have the upper hand when we represent our clients.
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Being injured in a wheelchair accident can be very painful. Even more, the medical expenses associated with this type of accident can be very high. However, you do not have to be stuck with mounting debt as a result of the car accident. Contact a board certified personal injury attorney today to discuss your rights and any compensation you may be entitled to. The attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm have over twenty years of representing car accident victims with success, which is why we know that our legal and professional team can win you the compensation you deserve. To speak in confidence with one of our board certified personal injury lawyers, please call us toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at either Fort Worth 817-294-1900 or Dallas at 214-327-8000.
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