Pedestrian accidents are often far more devastating than automobile accidents. Along with the physical injuries, the mental and emotional trauma associated with an accident can be crippling and last a lifetime. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you need to contact a lawyer immediately to make sure rights are protected.
Pedestrian Accidents are More Common than You Think
In the United States, a pedestrian is injured in an accident every 8 minutes.
In over 20% of pedestrian accidents, the person injured is over the age of 65 and is one and a half times more likely to die as a result of their injuries.
Just short of 50% of all pedestrian/vehicle accidents involve alcohol.
Possible Injuries Associated With Pedestrian Accidents
- Bone dislocation
- Cosmetic injuries and disfigurement
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Cuts, lacerations and contusions
- Severe head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Emotional injuries
How Do You Get Compensation?
Depending on the severity of the accident, injuries can range from mild to life-threatening and even fatal. You can lose time from work, your range of motion may be limited and you may have a long recovery time. A traumatic brain injury can rob you of your ability to remember, concentrate, read, execute, follow through, multitask and earn an income.
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you need to keep a detailed record of how much time you lost from work and copies of all your medical records to present to your attorney.
Don’t wait. If your claim is against a government entity, you have only six months from the date of the incident to file it under California law. If it is against any other party, you have two years. You must have all of the information you need to support your lawsuit. The best way to handle a pedestrian accident case is to talk to an attorney who understands the intricacies of this type of case. The compensation you receive will depend on how your injuries affected your physical well-being and your livelihood. You need to hire an attorney who puts your best interests first and makes you a priority.