Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Accidents involving pedestrians can be extremely serious, and sometimes deadly. If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you should immediately seek medical attention for your injuries. Many injuries may take hours or even days to manifest. After seeking medical attention, you should contact us at 1 (800) 872-3500 so we can learn about your case and start fighting for maximum compensation for your injuries.
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According to the Mayo Clinic, walking is one of the healthiest activities people can enjoy. Walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your mood, and prevent diseases. Unfortunately, pedestrians are much less protected than individuals traveling in cars, buses, and other modes of transportation. This means that accidents involving pedestrians and other travelers can be extremely serious, and sometimes deadly.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, in 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed and approximately 70,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. Shockingly, this means that, on average, a pedestrian is killed every 1.6 hours and injured every 7.5 minutes in crash-related pedestrian accidents. The NHTSA also reports that:
- In 2015, pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities
- In 2015, more than one-fifth (21%) of the children 14 and younger killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians
- 70 percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2015 were males
- Alcohol was involved in 48 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents.
- More than two-thirds (70%) of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2015 were males
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
The average car weighs over two tons and can cause great damage to a human body even at slow speeds. As a result, pedestrian car accident victims are often killed or sustain catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head trauma
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
As you can see, pedestrian accidents can cause tremendous physical pain that lasts for years. They also generate incredibly expensive hospital and medical bills. We advise you to hire a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident to help guide you through the legal process. Your attorney will help you seek the proper medical treatment, negotiate with the responsible parties, and ensure you are compensated for your injuries.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Negligent motor vehicle operation is the most common cause of pedestrian accidents and injuries. Therefore, pedestrians should always assume drivers do not see them. Other than negligent driving, the top causes of pedestrian accidents are:
- Drunk driving
- Drivers ignoring a red light or stop sign
- Drivers making turns without checking for pedestrians
- Distracted driving, such as driving while texting
- Drivers failing to yield right-of-way at marked crosswalks
- Cars in reverse
- Cars exiting parking lots
- Pedestrian traveling on streets instead of sidewalks
- Cars turning left across an intersection
How you behave after a pedestrian accident can impact the strength of your claim. It is best to call a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident so they can make sure you don’t accidentally sabotage your ability to recover compensation for your injuries.
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