Despite many large-scale public awareness and safety programs for pedestrians across the country, pedestrian accidents are all too common. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 6,000 pedestrians were killed in the United States in 2018—the highest fatality count in almost 30 years. Pedestrian accidents are common in high-density areas where people tend to walk, and they often happen at intersections and at night.
If a vehicle struck you while you were walking, a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Brookhaven may be able to assist you. You will need evidence to support your case and prove that the at-fault motorist owed you a duty of care before you can file a claim for damages.
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Understanding Pedestrian Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pedestrians are 1.5 times as likely as a vehicle occupant to be killed in a motor vehicle collision. Based on the speed at which a pedestrian is struck, the victim can suffer minor scratches, bruises, or a concussion. He or she may also suffer more serious injuries, such as broken bones, internal organ damage, brain damage, spinal cord damage, or total incapacitation.
Treatments for such injuries can be prohibitively expensive and painful, and the victim may take months or even years to recover. Cases involving brain or spinal cord damage may require multiple surgeries. Pedestrian accident victims sometimes lose the ability to perform basic actions and must relearn how to do things via long-term therapy. During this time, the victim and his or her family will likely face growing treatment costs and partial or total loss of income.
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Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian accidents can lead to serious bodily harm. Common injuries seen in pedestrian collision cases include all of the following:
- Broken/fractured bones
- Head, brain, and spinal cord trauma
- Bruises, cuts, and bleeding
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve damage
Types of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents can occur in many different ways. They typically involve a collision in which the driver did not see or could not stop in time to avoid the pedestrian. They are more common in larger cities than in smaller ones, and they are more common on busy streets than on rural roadways. They usually involve a passenger vehicle, although pedestrian accidents involving trucks, motorcycles, and even bicycles are not uncommon.
Children climbing into or exiting school buses are sometimes hit when they cross the road, as are jaywalkers, individuals who go out to check their mail, and guests at open-air cafes and open-air businesses. Interestingly, pedestrian accidents are most often reported on Saturday nights. Common ways that pedestrian accidents can happen including the following:
- Passing accidents occur when a motorist cannot see a pedestrian because of another vehicle that stops to allow a pedestrian to cross the road.
- Darting accidents occur when a pedestrian suddenly darts out onto the road.
- Intersection accidents occur when pedestrians try to cross an intersection, but either underestimate the amount of time that they need to cross the road, or are not seen by turning vehicles. They may be struck by oncoming traffic before they safely reach the other side of the road.
- Backup accidents occur when a motorist strikes a pedestrian without first checking to make sure everything behind the vehicle is clear.
- Merging and turning accidents occur when a motorist focuses on merging or making a turn and fails to see a pedestrian that was crossing or entered a crosswalk during the maneuver.
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Causes of Pedestrian Collisions
There are many causes of pedestrian accidents. Common causes include:
- Driver inattention or distraction.
- Pedestrian distraction.
- Aggression or recklessness.
- Drunk driving.
- Improper merging or unexpected turns.
- Traffic signal issues.
- Unclear or obscured signage.
- Crowded sidewalks and crosswalks.
- Sudden changes in traffic patterns.
- Mechanical failures.
A pedestrian accident lawyer serving Brookhaven can help you determine the causes of your pedestrian accident so that you can evaluate your damages and file a claim if your case warrants one. Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (631) 451-7900 to learn more.
Compensation for Pedestrian Collisions
Motorists should drive cautiously and with respect for pedestrians, especially in highly populated areas. A pedestrian collision caused by a motorist’s failure to exercise due caution on the road may cause the motorist to be held liable for the pedestrian’s damages. Depending on the circumstances of your case, compensation sometimes includes the following:
- Lost income from missing work
- Medical care costs
- Diagnostic testing and medication costs
- Funeral and burial costs, in the case of a pedestrian fatality
Photo or video evidence—as well as eyewitness testimony—can often help to back up claims in a pedestrian accident. Police reports, the results of medical testing, and the testimony of a doctor may also be helpful in supporting your claim.
Contact Us for Legal Assistance
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. may be able to assist you. A pedestrian accident lawyer serving Brookhaven can provide you with legal guidance and will walk you through the different legal options you have. Please contact our team at (631) 451-7900 for a free case evaluation.
We take cases on a contingency-fee-basis, so you pay nothing upfront. We only collect if you win a claim. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance or have questions about pedestrian accidents. We provide services in Spanish as well, so please call today.