When You’ve Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
It is no surprise that, when a pedestrian is involved in an accident, the results are usually quite devastating. A pedestrian is most likely to lose their life in an accident involving a motor vehicle due to the fact that they have no protections on the roadways. There is nothing protecting them from the outside elements like those who drive vehicles and trucks. In many cases, we find that driver negligence was at play for a serious pedestrian accident that easily could have been prevented. Let’s take a closer look at some of the stats regarding these accidents:
- 5,376 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents in just 2015 alone.
- 129,000 pedestrians were treated in hospitals in that same year.
- Of that same year, 1 in 5 children under 15 killed in a traffic accident was determined to be pedestrians.
- An astounding 48% of accidents involving pedestrian deaths included a driver that was drinking alcohol.
When it comes to your pedestrian accident, you may wonder how you can hold another party liable for your damages. Pedestrian accidents involve many elements, which is why it is important to start forming your claim as soon as possible to get the compensation you deserve. Let’s take a close look at pedestrian accidents and how we can help you with your claim.
One of the unfortunate facts of pedestrian accidents is that pedestrians sometimes choose not to report their accidents to the police, which is why they fly on the radar and somebody might miss out on the compensation they rightfully deserve in their case. Yes, it is true that pedestrians might put themselves at a great risk when they choose to walk around vehicles – but vehicle drivers also owe a duty of care to watch out for pedestrians at all costs. Here are some of the main reasons drivers act negligently and put pedestrians at risk every year in the U.S.:
Distractions: Some of the most common accidents occur when drivers take their focus away from the roads because they choose to eat while driving, talk or text on their cell phone, program a GPS, or apply makeup. Anything that takes attention from the roads can lead to dangers.
Unsafe Speeds: When a driver chooses to go well above the speed limit, they put pedestrians at risk. A pedestrian might not be able to judge how fast a car is traveling and try to cross a street until it is too late.
Violating Rules of the Road: Sometimes, a vehicle driver will make a left turn, right turn, or back up without looking – ultimately violating the rules of the road and putting other’s lives at risk.
How Pedestrians Cause Their Own Accidents
Of course, it is not uncommon to hear that a pedestrian has contributed to their own accident in some way. Sometimes, comparative or contributory negligence can play a role in these distinct cases. It only makes sense to pin blame on the driver in an accident because they are behind a much larger vehicle and must have been at fault, right? However, sometimes a pedestrian does not look before crossing at an intersection, does not have a right of way, or makes some other negligent decision that contributes to their accident. In these cases, the law finds that a pedestrian is either partially or wholly responsible for their own injuries, and they could find themselves in a desperate situation trying to prove otherwise.
When it comes to this type of negligence, a pedestrian’s damages could be reduced by the amount of fault they had in the case. Perhaps the pedestrian was walking alongside a highway drunk and not paying attention to cars, but the vehicle driver in the case was also speeding. This means that both parties could have contributed to the accident, which means each is responsible for a certain percentage of the damages that result.
Injuries and Damages in a Pedestrian Accident
A pedestrian will usually not walk away from an accident involving a motor vehicle without some type of injury. Some of the common injuries that stem from these accidents include:
TBIs: Traumatic brain injuries commonly occur in these accidents when a pedestrian experiences a violent blow to the head. You may sustain severe consequences and have major effects on your life, like not being able to remember certain things or being unable to concentrate on many aspects of the workplace.
Spinal Cord Injuries: When you sustain a spinal cord injury, there is a very real chance that you could be permanently paralyzed. If not, you will usually have to go through years of physical therapy and might not be able to return to work anytime soon.
Soft Tissue Injuries: Soft tissue injuries include lacerations, tears, sprains, and even dislocations. Compared to other injuries, soft tissue injuries might not bring the same devastating consequences, but they can still have a major impact on your life in many ways as you heal.
Broken Bones: Broken bones are also common in these cases and could require extensive medical treatment as you heal.
When you have been injured in a pedestrian-related accident, you want to ensure that your rights are being protected so that you can receive the damages you occur in your case. Pedestrians usually sustain very serious and traumatic injuries, which means that they could suffer on physical, emotional, and financial levels. You might miss time from work until you are able to return again, accrue various medical expenses that you can’t afford to pay for, or suffer emotionally and wonder how you can recover during this time. At the McGuire Law Firm, we understand that your case is extremely important to you and want to help you in your time of need. If you have been injured in one of these life-changing accidents due to the negligence of a driver who was not abiding by the rules of the road, we want to hear from you. Give us a call today to get started on your case at 888-352-0624.