One would assume that when walking, becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident would be unlikely. Yet, every day across the country a pedestrian is hit by a car or truck and injured or killed. In fact, in 2015 there were 5,376 pedestrians that were killed in a traffic crash. Nearly 129,000 people were involved in non-fatal pedestrian accidents. The segments of the population most involved were the elderly and children.
Pedestrian accidents occur for a variety of reasons, but driver negligence is often to blame. Unfortunately, all too often alcohol is involved. While alcohol is the single largest contributing factor in pedestrian accidents, other contributing causes include:
- Distracted driving (texting and driving)
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Reckless driving
When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the injuries may be extensive. Pedestrians simply don't have any of the protection provided other accident victims, such as the metal frame of an automobile to blunt the initial trauma of impact. The result is that pedestrian injuries are often times more server than that of an automobile accident victim. A pedestrian accident victim may have to overcome extended hospitalizations, physical therapy, extensive rehabilitation, time off work and psychological and emotional trauma resulting from the accident. It can be a stressful time.
The suffering extends beyond the victim to family members. Family members bear the burden of seeing a loved one suffer and may have to take on the responsibilities that the victim had within the household. In some cases, an accident victim may be able to assert a claim on behalf of their spouse for the loss of those household services. It's important to consult with an attorney to ensure that you receive compensation for all the claims that may be made following an accident.
Southwest Kansas pedestrian accident lawyer, Joseph T. Welsh, has handled cases like yours. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, let Joe put his knowledge of the legal system and of insurance companies to work for you. Contact Joseph T. Welsh, Attorney at Law today at 620-510-5030 for a free case evaluation.