According to the latest data from the CDC, one pedestrian dies every two hours in the United States. The CDC also points out that based on the 2013 data, over 150,000 pedestrians were treated in ERs for non-fatal injuries that they sustained in crashes. The CDC also states that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to die in a crash compared to occupants in the vehicle.
Common FAQs Related to Pedestrian Accidents
Q: After getting hurt in a pedestrian accident, what are the things I should do?
There are many things that you should do right after you meet with a pedestrian accident. This will ensure your rights are protected and you get compensated.
- Jot down everything you can remember about the accident, including the injuries and losses that you have suffered due to the accident
- As far as possible, try to remember and note down the conservations you had with people who were part of the accident
- Find out if there were any witness to the incident and can give testimony to prove your case
- Notify that person responsible for the pedestrian accident that you intend to file a claim for the injuries you have sustained
- Get in touch with a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney who will evaluate your case and advise how to proceed further
Q: Does it matter that I was also to be blamed for the accident partially?
If you are partly at fault, it could affect your compensation. Depending on the proportion of your fault, the claim could be reduced by the same proportion.
Q: How soon after sustaining the injury in a pedestrian accident can I file a claim?
Each state has a statute of limitations and this governs the time you have to file the claim. After the statute of limitations lapses, your claim lawsuit will be dismissed by the presiding judge. Hence, if you intend to sue the person for your injury, it is best to contact a personal injury lawyer right away.
Q: How much compensation can I get after a pedestrian accident?
The jury takes into account factual data like past and future medical expenses, loss of wage, and the pain and suffering the victim has to endure. You may also be entitled to punitive damages if the defendant’s behavior was extremely unacceptable. If the pedestrian dies as a result of the accident, their heirs can get compensated for their economic losses. The survivors will also be entitled to loss of comfort and society care.
Q: When I have a face-to-face meeting with my personal injury attorney, what documents should I carry?
You should carry anything that is relevant to the case, such as police report, eyewitness statement, name and contact number of the eyewitnesses, medical reports, medical bills, and the details of the person who caused the accident. If you managed to click photographs of the accident scene, be sure to take them along with you as well. Based on the information and details you provide the attorney, they will be able to tell you if your claim will be successful.
Q: As a pedestrian, what can I do to avoid and avert accidents?
You should be aware of the traffic rules and also be mindful of the traffic conditions when you are walking. You should not think of walking on the road if there is an approaching vehicle. Always walk on the sidewalk and when crossing the road, check both sides to ensure there are no vehicles coming.
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