Pedestrian Accidents – Information and Tips
Every single day across the country about 12 walkers and joggers are killed by motor vehicles. Every eight minutes another is injured. In fact, nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed, and 65,000 were injured in car crashes in 2014 alone.
Distracted driving, running red lights, right of way violations, and drugged and drunk driving are some of the most common reasons for motor vehicles hitting pedestrians. It’s also true that pedestrians cause accidents too, particularly when they are playing games like Pokemon Go©, trying to look up directions, texting, or even using social media, and are focused on their screens instead of where they are walking.
When a car and pedestrian collide, the results can be devastating. Depending on the speed of the vehicle, and whether the pedestrian is a child or adult, victims may suffer:
- Limb amputations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken or crushed bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
Even when the pedestrian’s injuries don’t seem bad enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room, it is important they receive medical treatment after an accident. This is because they could be in shock and because the amount of adrenaline released in an accident can keep the victim from feeling the pain of their injuries until much later.
What to Do After an Accident
The best way a pedestrian can protect themselves after being in an accident is to know their legal rights. If you are hurt due to the negligence of someone else, you can seek compensation for your injuries and losses. A pedestrian accident lawsuit can help you with your current and future medical bills as well as the money you may lose if you are off work while you recover. When injuries are severe, as with severe head injuries or spinal cord damage, compensation is especially important as significant long-term medical costs are likely to be incurred.
It’s not uncommon for an accident victim to call us after receiving an unreasonable settlement offer from the insurance company of the driver who hit them. These offers can be so low they are offensive, but most insurance companies are worried more about their bottom line than yours. Sometimes this is the case even when the victim succumbs to fatal injuries. Victims and their families have legal rights to reasonable compensation for injuries and losses. If a loved one is killed in a pedestrian accident, filing a wrongful death claim may be a much better option for the victim’s family.
If you have been hurt in a truck crash, having to worry about medical costs, bills, daily living costs, and supporting yourself and your family will only slow recovery and healing. Fortunately, financial compensation may be available to you for your injuries, suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Fill out the form for a free consultation and learn more about how to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.