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Nebraska Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Pedestrian accidents are often devastating events. Pedestrians are far more vulnerable than motorists in the event of a car accident and therefore frequently experience catastrophic injuries or fatalities.

The Advocates’ personal injury attorneys have been helping accident victims for three decades, and we are here to help you too. We understand the struggles you are facing, and are committed to fighting for your rights so you don’t have to worry.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident and need an experienced attorney for your personal injury claim, contact The Advocates law firm today for a free consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex. Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.

The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.

Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.

Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.

Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.

In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.

When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.

In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.

A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case

For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you. 

We can help you:

  • Understand the claims process
  • Access medical care
  • Investigate your accident
  • Build your case
  • Negotiate with insurance adjusters
  • Take your case to court if necessary

You only pay if we win your case!


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Nebraska Pedestrian Accident Statistics


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Where are pedestrian accidents most likely to occur?

Nebraska pedestrian accident statistics

  • Male pedestrians are at a higher risk of fatality than female pedestrians
  • Although pedestrian injuries have decreased in recent years, fatalities have held steady
  • Alcohol is involved for either the driver or pedestrian in nearly half of all fatal pedestrian accidents
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is killed in an accident about every 81 minutes nationwide
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Common causes of pedestrian accidents

  • Speeding: The faster a motorist is traveling, the less reaction time they give themselves when a hazard becomes present. Speeding also increases the risk of serious injuries or death
  • Impaired driving: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol creates a danger to everyone on the road
  • Distracted driving and/or walking: Cell phone use, fiddling with music, and other activities can cause both drivers and pedestrians to become distracted from their surroundings, increasing the risk of an accident
  • Failure to yield right-of-way: It’s important to be familiar with the rules of the road whether you are driving or walking
  • Poor visibility: Most pedestrian accidents occur in dark or dim conditions. Pedestrians should walk in well-lit areas when possible and wear bright or reflective clothing to keep them safe
  • Pedestrians walking unsafely: Pedestrians should use sidewalks when possible and walk against the flow of traffic
  • Failure to follow signs and signals: Drivers should always adhere to stop signs and red lights, and pedestrians must follow all pedestrian control signals

Common pedestrian accident injuries 

Depending on the severity of the accident, pedestrian injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. It is not uncommon for injured pedestrians to suffer:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Broken or missing teeth
  • Internal organ damage
  • Lacerations and bruising
  • Scarring and disfigurement
Common injuries in pedestrian accidents

Nebraska Traffic Laws


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Where can pedestrians cross the street?

State law requires that drivers yield to pedestrians in the following locations, unless a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided:

  • At a marked crosswalk
  • At an unmarked crosswalk (typically at intersections with a sidewalk on either side)

Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles when crossing at locations other than a crosswalk or where a pedestrian tunnel or walkway is present.

Local governments may designate areas where pedestrians may not cross the street. It is important to know the laws in any area you plan to walk.

Where should pedestrians walk when there is no sidewalk?

Pedestrians should always use the sidewalk when possible and practicable. When a sidewalk is not present, pedestrians should:

  • Walk on the shoulder of the road, as far from the roadway as possible
  • Walk against traffic (usually the left side of the road)
  • Remain as visible as possible by wearing bright and/or reflective clothing, particularly at night
  • Stay alert and aware of surroundings
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Who can use the sidewalk besides pedestrians?

Nebraska law states that no motor vehicle may drive on sidewalks.

State law does not restrict bicycles or scooters from riding on sidewalks, but some municipalities have their own ordinances regarding the practice.

What is the statute of limitations for a pedestrian accident?

For any personal injury case, a plaintiff only has a certain amount of time to file their claim. After that time period is up, they lose their right of action. This is referred to as the statute of limitations.

In Nebraska, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 4 years. However, it is a good idea to file your claim much sooner than that. Personal injury cases can take a long time to settle, so it is a good idea to give yourself as much time as possible before the statute of limitations is up. As soon as you think you may have a case, contact a personal injury lawyer so they may begin working on your claim.

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When Should I Hire a Nebraska Pedestrian Attorney?


If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you likely have a lot on your plate. Medical expenses, painful injuries, property damage, and emotional anguish may leave you feeling like life will never return to normal. Attempting to navigate the claims process on your own while dealing with these difficulties can be stressful and detrimental to your recovery.

The at-fault driver’s insurance company will likely do whatever they can to avoid paying you fairly for your damages. It will likely not be an easy road to obtaining the compensation you deserve after your accident.

The personal injury attorneys with The Advocates have years of experience negotiating with insurance providers and fighting for maximum compensation for our clients. Our legal professionals are standing by to take on your accident claim, so you can focus on feeling better.

We will be here to help throughout your entire recovery. Contact our law office today for a free case evaluation. You deserve a team who will fight for you. You deserve an Advocate.

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