Pedestrian Accidents occur when a person is struck by a car, truck, or motorcycle and suffers an injury. When a pedestrian is complying with all road safety regulations and they are injured in a accident, they should contact an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney gathers and document all of the necessary facts. Similarly, if the pedestrian is killed, the pedestrian’s family should speak with a personal injury lawyer. The lawyer helps to determine whether they wish to bring a wrongful death action on their loved one’s behalf.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries are Often Caused By Cars
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), almost 5,000 pedestrians involved in vehicle-related accidents die each year. More than 70,000 suffer injuries. Most pedestrian accidents are caused by cars and the pedestrian suffers serious injuries. They may include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, or ultimately result in the death of the pedestrian. These types of injuries are almost always very severe because of the speed of the oncoming car and how fragile a person is as compared to a 2,000 pound vehicle traveling at 35 mph.
How Do These Types of Accidents Happen?
When a car or truck hits a pedestrian, the person suffers his first set of injuries. The pedestrian may then trip and fall and be run over by the car causing internal injuries or bleeding. General scrapes and scratches are associated with coming into contact with the rough road. Alternatively, the pedestrian may roll over the top of the auto or be hit out of the way and land on the ground next to the vehicle. All of these types of pedestrian accident injuries in Pompano Beach may have long-term, lasting effects which will require years of physical therapy and ongoing medical costs.
Pedestrian accidents can result when automobile drivers:
- Fail to look before pulling into or out of a driveway
- Make a right turn into a crosswalk and hit a pedestrian
- Drive through a red light
- Fail to stop at a stop sign
- Fail to yield
- Drive while intoxicated or drunk
- Fail to obey traffic signs
- Fail to obey traffic signals
A pedestrian may spend months or even years in a hospital unconscious, undergo extensive surgeries, participate in physical therapy, be prescribed expensive drugs, and have years of future medical costs. If you or someone you know is hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, call Bell and Bell immediately! We help you through the legal process involved!