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Pedestrian accident causes and your rights as a victim

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Personal Injury

Out of all the types of motor vehicle accidents, those involving pedestrians can be some of the most horrifying. Without any form of protection, individuals who are unfortunate victims to these incidents can be at a serious risk of catastrophic injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, severe internal damage and bleeding, and more. A high proportion of these pedestrian accidents occur near intersections, crosswalks and parking lots, where those on foot are in close proximity and often in the direct path of motorists.

These incidents can be especially frustrating if you suffered harm through no fault of your own. Unfortunately, there are far too many pedestrian accidents that occur due to a motorist’s reckless or negligent actions. Some of the most common examples of driver negligence that can lead to a pedestrian accident include the following:

  • Failure to yield
  • Texting while driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Failure to provide a signal
  • Ignoring traffic signs
  • Other forms of distracted driving

Drivers are also legally required to exercise greater care in the presence of children, especially at locations such as school zones, or near playgrounds or parks. Failure to do so that results in an accident can result in even harsher repercussions.

Steps to take if you are struck by a motor vehicle

The aftermath of a pedestrian accident with any type of motor vehicle can be a frightening and chaotic time. If you are able to do so, try to stay as calm as possible while proceeding through the following actions:

  • Evaluate yourself for injuries.
  • Call 911 if you sustained any serious injuries.
  • If there was no 911 call, contact the police to ensure there will be a formal report of the incident.
  • Don’t leave the accident scene.
  • Exchange contact information with any witnesses.
  • Avoid discussing the accident with anyone so as not to admit guilt or place blame.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible and keep all the documentation.

If you were a pedestrian accident victim, you may be worried that it could take months or even years to recover from all the harm you have suffered. Mounting medical bills, rehabilitation costs and lack of income from being unable to work can create an incredibly difficult time, both emotionally and financially, Fortunately, you have the right to pursue a personal injury claim that can result in monetary damages to cover many of your unfortunate expenses and lost wages along with your pain and suffering.