Pedestrian Accidents

Accidents involving pedestrians are among the most serious auto accidents that can occur.  Even a low impact auto accident can cause serious bodily injury to an unprotected pedestrian.  The National Highway Traffic Association reports that over 64,000 pedestrians are injured in auto accidents each year and over 5,000 pedestrians are killed by motor vehicles.

In many ways, pedestrians can avoid their own injuries by taking due care.  This means looking both directions before crossing, using crosswalks, and obeying traffic controls.  Too often, however, even a careful pedestrian can be struck by a motor vehicle.  Drivers make many mistakes on the road that can cause danger to passing pedestrians:

•    Disregarding a traffic device – When drivers ignore or fail to see a red light or stop sign they may strike a pedestrian crossing with the right of way.
•    Passing a school bus
•    Disregarding or failing to acknowledge a crosswalk – Drivers may fail to recognize crosswalks, especially in heavily trafficked areas or shopping centers.
•    Driving under the influence
•    Ignoring or failing to see a pedestrian already in the roadway
•    Passing another vehicle – State law allows drivers to pass another vehicle only in limited circumstances, and a driver may be at fault if he tries to pass another vehicle when it is unsafe to do so.

Because of the force of impact, pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents result in very serious injury.  Common injuries that occur include:

•    Fractures
•    Head Injuries
•    Scarring
•    Sprains / Strains
•    Death

A pedestrian motor vehicle accident is a traumatic and potentially life altering event which can result in serious personal injury.  Insurance companies recognize the distinction between pedestrian cases and ordinary auto accidents, make sure that you hire an attorney who also recognizes this distinction.  

My office has a great deal of experience handling pedestrian auto accidents.  Contact my office so that we can discuss your case and ensure that you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled.

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