Have you recently been struck in an accident by a car that seemingly hit you out of nowhere? You may have grounds to pursue compensation through a pedestrian accident legal claim.
Unfortunately, pedestrians are far more vulnerable to sustaining devastating injuries in a vehicle accident because they do not have the benefit of seatbelts, airbags or the shell of a car to protect them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, someone is fatally wounded in a pedestrian accident every two hours. More than 150,000 people sustain injuries in pedestrian accidents every single year. This means that any pedestrian who is struck by a car is quite likely to be severely injured. The highest pedestrian accident rate affects 5 to 9 year old boys. This is also the age category most likely to dart into traffic.
The elderly also suffer alarming rates of pedestrian injuries. Many of the most common injuries in pedestrian collisions can have life changing implications for the victim. These include:
- Head trauma
- Pelvic injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Bone fractures
A pedestrian can fall onto the ground, into an object, into the path of oncoming traffic, or onto the hood or windshield of the car. While a pedestrian struck by a car travelling at low speeds isn’t likely to sustain fatal injuries, anyone going above 15 miles per hour can cause life threatening injuries for a pedestrian who is hit. Even more complicated are those legal claims stemming from a hit and run accident which require the expertise of a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible.