Fall River Attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates Recover $50,000 for Client Stuck by Car While Crossing Street

Fall River, MA – Attorneys at the personal injury Law Firm d’Oliveira & Associates announced that they recently recovered a $50,000 settlement for a client injured when a vehicle struck her as she was walking in a crosswalk in Fall River.  This $50,000 settlement represents the limits of the driver’s insurance policy, making this the largest settlement possible without filing a lawsuit.

pedestrian accidents have a policy-limit with settlements

The female client, whose name has been withheld for privacy reasons, suffered many injuries, including leg injuries and numerous scrapes and bruises. She endured extensive therapy, injections, and surgery, and was out of work for a significant period of time.

woman waiting to cross streetThe recovery for the client is due to the severe injuries caused by the accident. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 70,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes in 2010, the last year for which statistics are available. This is up from 59,000 in 2009, a statistically significant increase of 11,000. In the same year, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents rose from 4,109 to 4,280.

Attorney D. Robin Gouveia, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island personal injury attorney who handled this client’s case for d’Oliveira & Associates, noted the injuries from pedestrian accidents can be particularly severe. Attorney Gouveia also stated, “In a case such as this, hiring an attorney may be in a client’s best interest. An insurance company may try to settle before an injured individual knows the full extent of his or her injuries.”

Fall River personal injury lawyerAbout d’Oliveira & Associates: d’Oliveira & Associates is a Rhode Island and Massachusetts law firm that focuses on personal injury, auto accident, and social security disability cases. The firm also works with some of the leading attorneys in the United States for dangerous drug and medical malpractice cases.