Victims of pedestrian accidents can suffer devastating injuries and consequences. As a result, it is important for them to be familiar with personal injury legal protections that may be able to help them with their damages and the harm they have suffered.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association or NHTSA, 5,000 pedestrian victims die in accidents with motor vehicles annually. In addition, an estimated 76,000 pedestrian victims were injured when they were struck by a car or truck during 2012. Pedestrian victims may suffer severe and catastrophic injuries requiring medical care and treatment, time away from work and that cause emotional trauma. A personal injury claim for damages can help them with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
When a driver has been negligent and careless and caused an accident with a pedestrian, they may be liable to compensate the injured pedestrian victim for their injuries that result. Drivers may be considered negligent if they are driving while distracted, driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, speeding, disobeying traffic signs or signals, failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian at a crosswalk, failing to signal when turning and failing to adjust to weather or traffic conditions.
When a negligent driver has struck a pedestrian, the pedestrian's life may change in an instant and leave them wondering they can do about all of the changes and the harm they have suffered. Fortunately, personal injury legal protections are available to help injured pedestrian victims with their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered when they have been hit by a car or truck.