Pedestrian accident victims can suffer a broad range of injuries in a pedestrian accident that can be life-changing. Pedestrian accident victims need to be familiar with how they can protect themselves when they have been injured in an unexpected pedestrian accident by a negligent or careless driver who struck them.
A total of 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for pedestrian accident injuries during 2015. Additionally, during 2016, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents throughout the country. Pedestrians accidents can result when drivers are driving while impaired; are driving at higher speeds, which increases the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck and suffering serious injuries; and at night, in non-intersection areas and in urban areas which is where most pedestrian accidents occur.
Keeping pedestrians safe on the roadways is important. Pedestrians can suffer crippling injuries which can include traumatic brain injuries and other types of disabling injuries including broken bones and other serious injuries. A personal injury claim for damages against a negligent driver following a pedestrian accident can help the victim with their medical expenses, ongoing medical care, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages often associated with pedestrian injuries.
Pedestrian accident victims need to know how they can make a claim to help with their physical, financial and emotional damages that may seemingly come out of nowhere like the negligent driver and car that struck them. Understanding how a legal claim for damages can help them may be one way pedestrian accident victims can ensure they receive the help they need following a pedestrian accident.