No one expects to be seriously injured in an accident, but you certainly don't expect that you'll be critically injured because you were a pedestrian walking around a car. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are all too common. Being hurt in a pedestrian accident has the potential to change the course of your life. This is because you have no protection like that of people inside a vehicle so you can be critically injured when you have been struck by a car. You may fly into other traffic or strike other stationary objects leading to serious injuries. When you're unsure of how to proceed, retain the services of the experienced attorneys at Morgan & Morgan.
We will help you when you are hit by a car as a pedestrian and need help figuring out what to do. Knowing that you're not alone and then you have a dedicated legal team at your side to help support each aspect of your claim can make this difficult situation somewhat easier.
If you or a loved one were injured as a pedestrian, contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to learn more about your options. We’re here to help.
Facts and Statistics About Pedestrian-Vehicle Accidents
More than 7,000 pedestrians were killed in accidents all over America involving motor vehicles in 2020. This means that every 75 minutes a pedestrian is struck and suffers fatal injuries, and one in six people who died in vehicle accidents overall, were pedestrians in 2020.
The vast majority of these pedestrian accidents are caused by driver errors or negligence. In fact, alcohol is involved in nearly half of crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths. Higher vehicle speeds are also a factor that is more likely for a pedestrian to be seriously injured.
The vast majority of pedestrian-vehicle deaths occur in urban areas on roadways away from intersections and at night. One in five children under the age of 15 who were killed in crashes in 2020 were pedestrians, and adults aged above age 65 represent nearly 17% of the U.S. population but account for 20% of all pedestrian deaths in 2020.
Recognizing what to do when you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident or when you are coping with the devastating loss of a loved one in a pedestrian accident is important. What follows are some recommendations about how you can handle this situation and put yourself in the best position to recover compensation.