Damages in Pedestrian Accident Cases

Could there be punitive damages for those at fault in your pedestrian accident?

It depends on the circumstances, but there is a higher level of proof. You have to prove with convincing evidence that the other person acted in a grossly negligent manner, at a higher standard than normal, and that they were acting callously or recklessly. Intoxication would be the most likely scenario regarding punitive damages.

Does the insurance company pay punitive damages, or is this something that the driver would have to cover?

Insurance companies won’t usually pay for punitive damages. The insurance company would argue that they don’t have to pay for intentional acts. It depends on a scenario. For example, the insurer could be required to pay if you made a reasonable demand to the insurance company and they didn’t take it, and then you went to trial and you were damages including punitive damages.

In this instance, the argument would be that the insurance company should have done more to protect the interests of its’ insureds. It should have taken that first and reasonable offer of settlement.

Are there lifestyle changes that might result in damages, such as “I’ll never snowboard again?”

Yes, if your life is not the same as it used to be and you can’t do the things you used to enjoy, it would be considered future mental pain and suffering, anguish and disability damages that you’d be able to recover for loss of quality of life.

Attorney Patrick Leverty

Attorney Patrick LevertyWith his master’s in insurance law, Patrick routinely helps individuals and businesses who are having issues with their insurance company. He also has extensive experience with personal injury actions, complex tort actions, product liability matters, and class actions. Patrick Leverty is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell (the highest rating) and has been granted membership in the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum. Patrick Leverty has been certified as a Personal Injury Specialist by the State Bar of Nevada. [ Attorney Bio ]