Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to getting hit by a motor vehicle, and they may suffer from serious injuries even when a vehicle is moving at a relatively slow speed. According to recent data reported by the CDC, over 4,000 pedestrians in the U.S. died from vehicular crashes in one year alone, and tens of thousands were injured.
In the aftermath of such an accident, what are some considerations to make?
Pedestrians who get hit by a vehicle will usually suffer some kind of injury, and at the very least would need to see a doctor just to make sure that there's no lasting damage or trauma that isn't immediately apparent. If you're in such a situation, what kind of insurance would cover you? Do you have medical insurance? Auto insurance? You also need to find out the insurance carried by the driver who struck you.
Drivers have a responsibility to keep an eye out for pedestrians. A driver who's acting responsibly will pay attention to the road and have enough time to spot a pedestrian and stop the vehicle before a collision occurs; they'll also be complying with basic traffic laws. Whether or not a driver is behaving responsibly is also determined by other circumstances; for example, in foggy weather it's expected that drivers would go more slowly than usual given the poorer visibility. In general, there's a greater burden on a driver to prevent an accident, especially because of the potential for a vehicle to cause much more extensive damage.
However, pedestrians may sometimes be blamed for an accident or be said to share some of the responsibility for it. For instance, if a pedestrian suddenly steps out into oncoming traffic, even a driver who's attentive and driving at an appropriate speed may not be able to stop on time. Reviewing your case carefully with an experienced accident and injury lawyer is necessary to help establish responsibility.
When faced with an oncoming vehicle, all pedestrians are vulnerable, but for some groups the likelihood of getting hit is significantly greater. These include elderly people, children, and people who are intoxicated. The injuries they suffer maybe more grievous; they may also have more difficulty remembering the details of an accident or communicating them clearly. In such situations, it's especially helpful to have an experienced attorney at your side.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding an accident, don't hesitate to contact us for advice and assistance. We'll work as your advocates, fighting for you to receive proper compensation so that you won't have to struggle with the potentially enormous expenses following an accident.