When an accident occurs, defenseless pedestrians are far more vulnerable than motorists. Unfortunately, the aftermath of an accident involving a pedestrian can often lead to catastrophic and sometimes fatal injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 4,432 pedestrians we killed in the U.S. in traffic related accidents in 2011 and 69,000 experienced injuries.
Often times, motorists don’t take the great responsibility that comes with driving into account. We live in a fast paced society where people are always in a hurry to get from one place to the next. Unfortunately, this mind-set has had a grave effect on driving. Motorists forget that they must not only be aware of their own vehicle but they must also be attentive to all of their surroundings. This includes pedestrians.
In a moment of distraction or reckless behavior, a motorist can tragically affect a pedestrian’s life. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Failure to comply with crosswalk signs
- Excessive speeding
- Drunk driving
- Texting and driving
- Talking on cell phone
- Illegal U-turns
If you, or a loved one have been seriously injured as a result of a pedestrian accident it is crucial to contact an attorney because you are likely entitled to compensation for the damages acquired.
Personal injury claims pertaining to pedestrian accidents can be complex and should always be handled with professional guidance. We recommend that you contact an attorney as soon after the accident as possible. Doing so will help ensure that witnesses remember the scene vividly, evidence is not lost and insurance companies respond quickly. An attorney will begin working on your claim immediately to help you attain the full compensation you rightfully deserve.