Written By Award Winning Lawyer Larry Lapidus
Every 1.5 hours, a person is killed due to a pedestrian accident, according to the CDC. Since pedestrians often have the right-of-way, some may not consider the possible dangers when walking across a street. Even when traffic lights and signs indicate that vehicles must stop, it does not always mean that they will.
Unlike the passengers in vehicles, pedestrians have no steel or metal protecting their bodies during a collision. And so remains the unfortunate fact: pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than car occupants. Injuries sustained from a pedestrian accident can be life-threatening and extremely costly. Medical bills can pile up and extended time from work will delay paychecks and may even result in termination. However, there is hope: The attorneys at The Lapidus Law Firm can help you receive a fair and reasonable settlement.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Although pedestrian accidents involve vehicles hitting pedestrians, both parties can be held liable. The job of your attorney is to defend you to the fullest extent and also to work tenaciously to make sure the other driver is held accountable for their wrongdoing.
There are many ways pedestrian accidents can occur.
- For drivers:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Disregarding traffic laws or signals
- Not yielding to passengers that have the right-of-way
- Driving faulty vehicle
- Road rage
- Texting, eating, putting on makeup and doing various other activities while driving (aka distracted driving)
- Failing to adjust speed downward in snow, ice, and heavy/moderate rain conditions or at road construction sites
- For pedestrians:
- Ignoring Walk Signs
- Crossing highways and entering heavy traffic
- Abruptly crossing in front of a vehicle
- Using a cell phone device while crossing the street
- Wearing dark clothing at night
- Darting out into roadway or parking lot from between parked cars
- Failing to look and effectively see an on-coming car
Injuries Associated with Pedestrian Accidents
No matter the severity of the accident, it is important to seek medical attention in a timely manner. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent.
Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Spinal Injury
- Internal bleeding
- Head Injury & Concussions
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Cuts, Scrapes, Bruises
How Are My Injuries Calculated For A Settlement?
The settlement cost for a pedestrian accident will vary greatly, based on individual situations. Insurance adjusters are trained to pay out as little as possible for insurance claims. Again, to prevent medical complications alleviate pain and hasten your healing process, it essential that you seek medical attention as soon as possible for an additional reason: insurance companies will see the time you delay treatment as a reason to reduce your settlement offer. Another tip: keep a journal of all of your injuries and damages associated with the accident.
Your lawyer will seek to include the following in your settlement:
- Costs of medical expenses, past, and future (MRI tests and other exams, ambulance, and emergency room fees, etc.)
- Pain & Suffering, which is the biggest harm in every case.
- Lost wages and if applicable, loss of future earning capacity l
- Loss of quality of life
- The value of any and all functional impairments whether temporarily or permanently
- Loss or Impairment of Intimacy in Marriage due to Accident- Related Injuries
How Your District Heights Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Will Help
Filing a lawsuit for accident damages can be incredibly confusing and exhausting. It is crucial that you find an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer that will assist you throughout the legal process, including litigation and trial representation if needed.
The personal injury attorneys at The Lapidus Law Firm are dedicated to helping victims of pedestrian accidents receive fair and reasonable settlements. If you or someone you know needs a pedestrian accident lawyer, call us at (301) 852-7500. We are here to help you!