When a pedestrian accident is serious or fatal - what you should know and doWhen someone is hurt or killed in a pedestrian crash with a car, the experience is traumatic and overwhelming. In the awful hours and days after a collision, every ounce of energy is put towards helping the injured person get the medical help they need. When someone dies in a crash, family members are forced to deal with grief, anger, and loss as they struggle to move forward with life.
After someone is injured or killed in a pedestrian crash, action needs to be taken to ensure that the victim’s rights and options are safeguarded. While a lawsuit might be the furthest thing from your mind, it is often the best way to help a pedestrian crash victim.
Fault in pedestrian accidentsThere are a number of common causes of pedestrian collisions with vehicles. Some accidents are the fault of the driver, some the pedestrian, and some involve shared fault. When a pedestrian is injured due to the fault of someone else, there is help available to begin the process of healing.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- vehicles running red lights and speeding;
- drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks;
- pedestrians failing to use marked crosswalks;
- pedestrians ignoring crossing signals at intersections;
- pedestrians walking at night in dark clothing.
What types of damages do injured pedestrians face?
After a serious pedestrian collision, an injured person incurs damages including the cost of current and future medical expenses, lost work and wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Families of people killed in pedestrian collisions also incur similar damages.
What should you do now?
If you or a family member has been hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, you will need legal help to make sure your rights are upheld and get reimbursed for your damages. An experienced personal injury attorney will help by assessing your claim and working with an insurance company to get a financial settlement that will ensure your financial recovery. You can leave the legal worries in the hands of the professionals and focus your energy on getting your life back. Most lawyers offer a free initial consultation and charge no fees up front, so there is no cost to learn more about your rights and options.
El Paso, TX
Martin Vargas, 75, died from his injuries after he struck an off-duty officer assisting traffic at the intersection of Horizon and Darrington in Horizon City, Texas
San Antonio, TX
Corina Huerta, 42, struck and killed by a vehicle near Brooklyn Avenue and Dallas Street in San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, CA
Kansas City, MO
One person was injured in a crash involving a pedestrian at Rock Street and High Street in Harrisonburg, Virginia
49-year-old woman died after she was struck by an SUV while crossing South Independence Boulevard in Chicago, Illinois
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX
Man struck by a car while crossing the street at the intersection of Culebra Road and Zarzamora Street in San Antonio, Texas
Myrtle Beach-Florence, SC
Serious injuried reported following a collision involving a pedestrian on Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Oklahoma City, OK
Pedestrian taken to hospital after struck by a car near Northwest 23rd Street and Nesbitt Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
San Diego, CA
38-year-old pedestrian struck and killed by two vehicles at El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego, California
56-year-old bicyclist died after he was struck by alleged hit-and-run driver Jose Moya at East Colfax Avenue and North Joliet Street in Aurora, Colorado
Four pedestrians, including three children, injured after hit by a car while crossing East 24th Avenue in Spokane Valley, Washington
66-year-old pedestrian hospitalized after he was struck by a car while crossing State Street in Boise, Idaho
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
Lasondra Darnella Huggins, 47, struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing the street at the intersection of McCart Avenue and Garden Springs Drive in Fort Worth, Texas
New York, NY
Peter Roberts, 53, struck and killed by a flatbed truck while walking on East 125th Street in East Harlem, New York
Los Angeles, CA
Pedestrian Rosa Zareaseisan, 45, struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Reseda Boulevard in Los Angeles, California
John Ryan McCarthy, 15, and Asaivion Whiting, 17, died two others injured after a 15-year-old driver lost control and crashed a vehicle on Route 9 in Freehold Township, New Jersey
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM
Don Schrader, 77, recovering after being struck by a car in an auto-pedestrian hit-and-run collision while crossing Broadway Boulevard in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Curtis Brown Jr., 13, struck and killed by a car on Keener Road near Ashford Road in Sampson County, North Carolina
Lacey Andrews, 27, seriously injured after struck by a vehicle while walking along Highway WW in Summersville, Missouri
Shon McDaniel, 40, died after struck by a car on Fayetteville Street near East Cornwallis Road in Durham, North Carolina
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