Injuries to pedestrians most often occur in cities, as opposed to in rural areas. This makes sense because there is the greatest amount of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the most densely populated areas. The most common cause of a vehicle striking a pedestrian is that the driver is not paying attention. There are a number reasons why a driver might not be paying attention, including adjusting the radio or dialing a phone number. Speeding is also a very significant factor in causing pedestrian injuries. If you have suffered injuries, contact our legal team for a free consultation.
It is very common for pedestrian injuries to occur at twilight, when visibility is reduced, especially if a driver does not have his lights on. Unfortunately, many drivers do not yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. Collisions with pedestrians occur most often in crosswalks or intersections. Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks, and at some intersections, yet it seems that many drivers do not yield the right-of-way because they expect that the pedestrian will not walk in front of their car. At the same time, pedestrians often believe that drivers will do the right thing and yield the right-of-way. This can be a dangerous and even deadly combination, advised a car accident lawyer.
Pedestrian injury also occurs when a vehicle rides up onto the sidewalk and strikes a pedestrian. However, this is less common than collisions at an intersection or crosswalk because cars travel through intersections and crosswalks all day, and only occasionally ride up on sidewalks.
If you have suffered a pedestrian injury it is imperative that you contact an attorney right away. Collisions between vehicles produce physical evidence in the form of damage to the vehicles and paint marks on the vehicles. Collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian cause less damage to a vehicle, so there is less physical evidence available to reconstruct the cause of the pedestrian injury. Therefore, it is necessary to send an investigator to the scene of the incident as soon as possible to photograph evidence that may disappear. For example, skid marks from tires can disappear in a short amount of time, and this may be the only evidence that a driver was speeding. It is also necessary to interview witnesses as quickly as possible. Waiting until the case is in progress, which may be months away from the time of an accident, can often result in witnesses moving away or changing their phone numbers. Therefore, the victim of a pedestrian injury should make sure to retain an attorney who will move forward aggressively right away.
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As with any other type of accident, the victim is entitled to recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and emotional distress. But before being able to recover money for the above referenced items, it is necessary to show that the person who hit the injured party is at fault. Therefore, the victim of a pedestrian injury needs an attorney who will take a multi-pronged approach to the case: immediately engaging in investigation; interviewing witnesses; ensuring that the victim receives adequate medical treatment and physical therapy; assisting the victim to collect documents substantiating claims for lost wages; and interviewing members of the victims family and the victim’s friends in order to substantiate a claim by the victim for compensation for emotional distress.
By Douglas Gilliland