During the winter holidays, people’s heads are often in the clouds. Focus is on finding the perfect gift, holiday parties, and sparkly lights. With more people out and about, the risk of pedestrian-involved accidents increases. Each year, pedestrians are either injured or killed in potentially avoidable accidents.
In a study conducted by the Division of Trauma in Los Angeles, CA, more than 5,800 pedestrian accidents were reviewed, and the study found that the most common type of severe injury to pedestrians was head injuries, followed by injuries to the chest, abdomen, and extremities. The study linked both the vehicle speed and the age of the pedestrian to the severity of the injury and the survival outcome.
- At 20 mph, the chance of fatality is 5%.
- At 30 mph, the chance of death increases to 45%.
- At 40 mph, the chance of fatal injuries skyrockets to 85%.
Why Pedestrians Are at a Heightened Risk of Injury
The following types of driver behavior has been shown to be behind a substantial number of incidents involving pedestrian injury:
- Drivers Failing to Yield: 48% of these accidents were attributed to drivers not yielding. This was the most common cause of pedestrian accidents in cities.
- Hit-and-Run Collisions: 33% of all of the accidents studied were hit-and-run. These also made up 40% of the fatal pedestrian accidents.
- Turning Vehicles: More than 50% of the accidents involved a turning vehicle. Turning left accounted for more than double the turning accidents compared to turning right.
- Distracted drivers and alcohol-impaired drivers.
Injuries in such accidents have included fractures; brain injuries; injuries to internal organs; joint injuries; paralysis; and fatalities.
What to Do if You Are in a Pedestrian Accident
Of course, no one can anticipate being injured in a pedestrian accident. However, the steps you take or fail to take following a crash can have a substantial impact on your ability to recover damages from the driver who may have caused the incident.
If a pedestrian has suffered a serious injury in an accident caused by a negligent driver, they may recover financial compensation based upon the following types of damages:
- Medical Expenses: All past and future medical expenses related to your injuries may be included, such as costs for an ambulance, doctors, surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, MRIs, X-rays, injections, medications, and medical devices.
- Lost Wages: You can recover past and future lost wages if your injuries prevent you from returning to the employment you were engaged in prior to the accident.
- Pain and Suffering: All of the pain related to physical injuries and medical procedures is compensable.
- Disability: A financial recovery may be obtained for an injured person’s loss of the ability to participate in activities they enjoyed prior to the incident.
In a situation where a pedestrian was killed in an accident or died from injuries sustained in a crash, we can work with the family of the deceased to recover compensation for their loss of financial and emotional support as well as expenses related to the costs of the funeral.
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If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, chances are, you’ve got plenty to deal with. Make sure that your legal needs are covered. Our attorneys are ready and willing to represent you in your case today. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Fairfax personal injury attorney, please call us at 703-462-5050 or contact us online today.