Nothing can ruin a nice walk outdoors more than a negligent driver crashing into you, or your loved one. One minute, you are enjoying the outdoors, and the next, you are left to deal with expensive medical bills and the inability to work. Who is responsible for your injury? Who is going to cover your bills?
Types of Pedestrian Accidents
There are many types of pedestrian accidents, with each one having the chance to cause serious injury or death. Some of the most common include:
- A pedestrian is struck by a vehicle that is turning at an intersection.
- A pedestrian is struck by a vehicle that is moving in reverse.
- A pedestrian is struck while crossing the street in a crosswalk.
- A pedestrian is struck while walking, jogging, or running on the sidewalk or shoulder of the road.
- A pedestrian is struck in a parking lot.
As you can see, there are many types of pedestrian accidents. Of course, there is one common theme with each one: a person is struck by a vehicle. The heavy weight of the vehicle combined with the pedestrian’s lack of protection will often lead to a disastrous outcome. The pedestrian may be left with lifelong injuries, many of which could prevent them from working again.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Due to the fact that the pedestrian is unprotected, this type of accident can cause serious harm and painful injuries. Pedestrians may experience the following types of injuries:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic head injury
- Facial lacerations
- Spine issues
- Torn tendons or ligaments
- Internal bleeding
- Temporary paralysis
- Permanent paralysis
Most of these types of injuries will require immediate, as well as ongoing medical care. Many of them can also be painful, preventing the pedestrian from enjoying the same activities.
Protect Your Legal Rights Before it is Too Late
While your recovery is understandably your main focus following a pedestrian accident, it is important to consider your options as soon as possible. The state does have a time limit, also known as the statute of limitations, on when you can file a pedestrian case. Even if you have a strong case, it could be thrown out if you do not meet this timeline.
Your lawyer will also need time to build your case, including medical records, witness statements, expert witnesses, and documents determining your income, so it is important to at least reach out to a lawyer to discuss your options soon.
Our legal representation will come to your hospital room or home so you can explore your options, while still focusing on your recovery.
Fight For Your Rights Following a Pedestrian Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident, don’t hesitate to contact us once you have received the appropriate medical attention. We can review your case and help you better understand your legal rights. If another person’s negligence was the cause of your accident, then it is only right that they cover your medical costs.