According to a recent Department of Transportation study, pedestrians who are involved in accidents with motor vehicles are 10 times more likely to die in the crashes than the occupants of the vehicles. In fact, the alarming statistics showed that pedestrians account for more than 50 percent of all traffic fatalities. Despite the fact that the fatality rate is much lower than the next 10 largest cities in the U.S., pedestrian accidents are a major problem for the city.
Unfortunately, some motor vehicle drivers do not abide by the rules of the road and observe crosswalk signs. Some motorists fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians walking in intersections. Given the popularity of the city, it is not uncommon to see pedestrian accidents in places near the downtown attractions. Still, drivers must obey the rules and laws of the road, and when they fail to do so, they must pay the consequences.
Someone who has been injured in a pedestrian accident should seek legal counsel from a skilled accident lawyer immediately because there are time limits on claims. Call us today to discuss the case.
Types Of Pedestrian Accidents And The Injuries They Can Lead To
Without question, any motor vehicle accident can be serious, especially those involving pedestrians, which can lead to severe injuries or even death. Pedestrian accidents can take on many forms, including:
Bicycle accidents that involve pedestrians
Parking lot collisions
Bus accidents that involve pedestrians
The types of injuries a person can sustained in a pedestrian accident include broken bones, injuries to the spine that might lead to paralysis, and head injuries that could result in brain hemorrhaging. The injuries incurred can be life-changing and long-lasting; therefore, it is important for any individual who has been injured in a pedestrian accident to work with an attorney who can seek all compensation allowed under the law
The Costs Related To Pedestrian Accidents
The costs associated with pedestrian accidents can be staggering, and most insurance companies are aware of that. That said, many insurers attempt to settle with accident victims as quickly as possible – prior to realizing the full extent of the accident victim’s injuries. However, pedestrians who suffer head, back or neck injuries may not realize the full extent of those injuries until much later after the accident. Therefore, it is important for injured individuals to get legal advice from a lawyer who can evaluate the case and make a determination with respect to appropriate compensation.
The number one priority for injured individuals in pedestrian accidents or motorcycle accidents should always be their own health. Accordingly, if you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you are strongly encouraged to seek all appropriate medical treatment as soon as possible. If someone else is responsible for your injuries, he or she can be held responsible for your medical expenses, lost wages and more.
Time is of the essence in many types of accident cases. It is critical for anyone who has been involved in a pedestrian accident to work with an accident attorney who can ensure that all time limitations are met and all legal options are considered. Call us today to schedule an appointment.