How many Americans die or are injured yearly in pedestrian accidents? The estimated total is more than 4,000 deaths and more than 70,000 injuries.
According to the CDC, these figures average out to one pedestrian injured every seven minutes
. Even when auto/pedestrian accidents aren’t fatal, they can be debilitating, causing costly, life-changing injuries.
The Driver’s Fault
Drivers of these vehicles often hit pedestrians out of carelessness or recklessness. Even if someone is using a crosswalk, they can be hit by a vehicle turning a corner too quickly and failing to yield the right of way. Pedestrians also are injured when a driver backs up without looking behind them or drives on a roadway’s shoulder or even a sidewalk, since many accidents involve cars leaving a roadway.
These injuries are not the fault of the pedestrian; accident attorney options need to be considered in these cases. The pedestrian has a legal right to claim financial compensation for their losses, including medical expenses, lost present and future salary, and pain and suffering. Though many pedestrians are injured or killed while jaywalking, or crossing a street without a legally protected crosswalk, about half of all auto/pedestrian accidents are the fault of the driver.
No one is more vulnerable in a traffic accident than a pedestrian. Pedestrian injuries often involve the head, legs, and arms. If a pedestrian is hit by a car, injuries are likely in the legs. If they are hit by a larger vehicle, pedestrian injuries are usually higher on the body.
Pedestrians are at greater risk when it’s dark or near dusk and are more likely to be hit in cities, which have more foot traffic. Pedestrians also tend to be struck more by electric or hybrid cars, which have engines that are quieter. Indeed, pedestrian accidents are 37 percent more likely when they involve a hybrid vehicle or an electric vehicle as opposed to a gas-powered one.
When considering larger vehicles, though, injuries can be extreme or even fatal. But regardless of the sizes of the vehicles involved in pedestrian accidents, lawyer Jim Adler can and has built strong cases. He’s dealt with lawsuits regarding cars, SUVs, trucks, buses, motorcycles, 18-wheelers, and other vehicles.
Contacting a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
A life can be forever impacted by a pedestrian accident. Claims, settlements, and lawsuits surrounding these issues are among our main areas of practice, so contact us today for a free case review. We can provide legal advice and insight if someone in your family was injured or killed in an auto/pedestrian accident that wasn’t their fault. Just submit this website’s free case review form or call us at our toll-free number.
Our law firm can provide you with skilled, experienced, and professional legal counsel. Should you choose to pursue a lawsuit, we can provide you with a pedestrian injury attorney who will fight for your legal right to fitting and fair financial recovery after the accident.