Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to automobiles, being smaller, slower, and harder to spot than other vehicles. Obeying the rules of the road and staying on the sidewalks or demarcated road lanes won’t always be enough. Sadly, pedestrians are, to a degree, at the mercy of drivers and their vehicles; this happens to those who are particularly vulnerable– children walking to and from school, or the elderly trying to cross a busy intersection. The most common pedestrian accident cases involve:
• Drivers who fail to yield the right of way
• Drivers who ignore a stop light or traffic signal
• Drivers who fail to look right when making a right turn into a crosswalk
• Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Drivers who speed or drive recklessly
If you have been knocked down due to the negligence of other drivers in a pedestrian accident, please contact us today.
Pedestrian Accident FAQ:
What are some common causes of pedestrian accidents?
Speeding or reckless driving
Defective roadway conditions
Making illegal U-turns on a street
Accidents caused by pedestrian negligence
What are some common pedestrian accident injuries?
Fractures: Fractures are the most common types of injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident. Some fractures may require hospitalization or cause a victim to miss work for extended periods of time.
Head and brain injuries: Catastrophic head and brain injuries can happen when a vehicle collides with a pedestrian. Head injuries can cause concussions, which can lead to traumatic brain injuries.
Spinal cord injuries: A sudden, traumatic blow to the spine can fracture or dislocate the vertebrae. This could have life-changing results to an injured pedestrian.
Amputations: The force involved in a pedestrian accident can also have serious lifelong repercussions such as amputation of certain parts of the body.