What Is a Pedestrian Accident? A pedestrian accident occurs when a motor vehicle collides with a person.

A pedestrian accident happens when a motor vehicle such as a car or motorcycle hits a human. Pedestrian accidents are typically more severe than a car accident involving two vehicles because the person is completely exposed. If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to financial awards.

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Pedestrian Accidents Are All Too Common and Dangerous

A report on pedestrian safety found that nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in 2016. Another 129,000 pedestrians received emergency medical treatment for non-fatal injuries related to pedestrian accidents in 2015.

Drivers Have a Responsibility to Keep Pedestrians Safe

All motorists accept a duty of care when they get behind the wheel. Though this duty of care may differ by region, it generally states that a driver must not put other motorists, pedestrians, and passengers at an unreasonable risk of harm.

When a motorist collides with a pedestrian, often times the motorist acted in a way that violates their duty of care. This could mean that the defendant in your case owes you compensation for your losses related to a pedestrian accident. Many states have comparative negligence (or comparative fault) statutes which hold that, even if you are found partially at fault for the collision, you could still collect compensation.

A Lawyer Can Help if You Were in a Pedestrian Accident

If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, call a lawyer. They can help you by:

  • Documenting your account of events for use in court
  • Initiating legal action immediately to abide by any relevant statutes of limitations
  • Collecting evidence pertaining to your accident, including video, photographs, police reports, medical records, and eyewitness accounts
  • Handling all legal responsibilities necessary to bring your case to a settlement or judgment
  • Protecting your rights throughout the legal process

A lawyer will aim to prove that the defendant in your case acted dangerously and, in doing so, caused your injuries.

Damages You Might Recover in a Pedestrian Accident Case

If your case results in a favorable judgment or settlement, you could be eligible to collect damages covering:

  • Your medical expenses and long-term rehabilitation
  • Lost wages or diminished earning capacity incurred because of your injuries
  • Pain and suffering

If you are bringing a wrongful death claim, you could be entitled to damages such as funeral costs and loss of consortium. Each case is different, and possible damages vary from claim to claim.

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Our team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will handle your case from start to finish. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation. We work on a contingency basis, which means you pay us nothing unless we win your case.