Is there anything more terrifying than the idea of 4,000 pounds of metal hitting you at forty miles per hour? That is exactly what occurs in many pedestrian accidents. A pedestrian accident often involves serious injury and could result in pedestrian fatalities. According to the Center for Disease Control, there were 5,977 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2017 and an additional 137,000 pedestrian injuries that required emergency room treatment.
A person has no protection when they are struck by a car. The combination of the size, speed, and density of a car makes the impact traumatic even at relatively slow speeds. Additionally, any evasive action taken by the driver can send the car on a path that could strike another vehicle or fixed object.
There is a high chance of pedestrian injuries or pedestrian deaths as well as motorist injury or death in every single pedestrian accident. For this reason, people need to become familiar with the causes of pedestrian accidents, how to prevent them, and what to do in the event they experience a pedestrian accident.
Many fatal pedestrian crashes start with a negligent driver. Pedestrian crash cases often involve some form of reckless driving or careless drivers. This can include:
All of these examples involve a failure of the driver’s duty of driving with due regard for the safety of pedestrians and other motorists in the roadway. This behavior results in many pedestrian crashes each year which result in injury. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, call our personal injury lawyers for a free, no-obligation case review today.
Anytime someone on foot enters the traffic way, there are significant risks involved. State and local laws regulate how and where a pedestrian may enter the roadway. The pedestrian must understand those risks and follow the rules in place to avoid an accident and possible injury.
Jaywalking is another common reason for pedestrian crashes where the pedestrian fails to use designated crosswalks and any accompanying pedestrian signal. These areas and signals are specifically designed so that motor vehicles can anticipate pedestrians in the roadway and slow down.
Pedestrian accidents may occur when the pedestrian is engaged in distracted walking. This is most commonly due to the use of a cell phone or other electronic device. Distracted pedestrians can lead to a general lack of awareness of surrounding traffic and result in traffic crashes and personal injury.
Just like with an at-fault driver, one of the leading causes of accidents is alcohol-related or walking while intoxicated. The CDC has another sobering alcohol-related statistic: 33% of all fatal pedestrian crashes occurred when the pedestrian had a blood alcohol content above 0.08g/dl.
The data is clear, the majority of pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas at non-intersections. Using simple common sense can eliminate many of the causes of pedestrian accidents. For the pedestrian, this includes:
As you can imagine, the cost of either being struck by a car or striking a pedestrian can be catastrophic. For any victim of an accident, there could be serious injuries and the medical bills that come along with them, especially for pedestrians. Plus, the financial cost of lost wages and lost income due to being unable to work.
Injuries, however, are not just limited to the pedestrian. The driver may also suffer similar costs due as a result of corrective action that causes the driver to strike a fixed object or another vehicle. These injuries can be just as severe as those suffered by the pedestrian.
For any party involved in a pedestrian motor vehicle accident, there is a risk of death which adds additional costs as well as pain and suffering for the survivors of the victim.
This can be a complicated question due to the concept of contributory negligence. This is a law that exists in five states: Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC. It does not allow the person initiating a personal injury or wrongful death claim to recover any damages if they are found to share any of the fault of the crash. However, there have been recent developments in the law, which is is why it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer about your claim.
Whether you were struck by a car, truck, bike, or motorcycle, Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the right pedestrian accident attorney for your case. With over 100 years of combined experience and over $650 million recovered for their clients, the legal team of Regan Zambri Long PLLC’s personal injury lawyers stands ready to provide legal advice in even the most complicated of pedestrian crash cases. Contact us today for a free case evaluation to learn more about your legal options.