When it comes to getting from point A to point B, there are many ways to accomplish this task—driving, riding a motorcycle, taking a bus or a train, etc. However, there is one method of transportation that everyone has participated in: walking. Being a pedestrian, or walking, is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most popular modes of transportation.
The downside is that the number of individuals that were killed as a result of being a pedestrian has been increasing. In 2011, the number of people that lost their lives due to an auto or traffic accident was almost 4,500. This means that an American is killed every other hour every day of the year in the United States. Additionally, nearly 75 percent of the pedestrian deaths occurred in urban areas, 70 percent happened at night, and over 1/3 of the pedestrian deaths involved a driver who had a BAC that was over the legal limit of .08 percent.
Contact the Indianapolis pedestrian accident attorneys at Wagner Reese if you were hit by a vehicle while on foot. Call (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.
Pedestrian Accidents Commonly Result in Catastrophic Injury
Sadly, because pedestrians are essentially unprotected, they tend to suffer severe, catastrophic injuries when they are hit by cars, motorcycles, buses, and other motor vehicles. Often, pedestrian accidents result in death.
Some common injuries resulting from pedestrian-vehicle collisions include:
- Serious cuts, scrapes, and lacerations
- Broken bones, including multiple fractures
- Accidental amputation
- Head and brain injuries, including TBI
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
Serious injuries such as these require extensive medical treatment, including both immediate emergency attention and ongoing care. The lifetime cost of a catastrophic injury can be exorbitant, often exceeding millions of dollars. This is nothing to say of the physical and emotional costs of such an accident. If you or your loved one was hit by a vehicle while walking, crossing a road, or standing near a roadway, our firm can help you fight for the fair compensation you need and deserve.
How Pedestrian Accidents Occur
While pedestrians are required to follow certain laws, such as waiting for a crossing signal to walk across a major street and only crossing roads in crosswalks or at corners, most pedestrian accidents are not caused by the person on foot. In fact, motorists have a responsibility to always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians for their safety. Of course, a motorist cannot predict when a pedestrian may dart out into a busy roadway, but they can take certain measures to ensure that they are not acting carelessly, recklessly, or negligently.
Pedestrian accidents are often caused by driver negligence. Examples include:
- Distracted driving (such as texting while driving)
- Driving under the influence/operating while intoxicated
- Speeding and other reckless or aggressive driving behaviors
- Failing to check for pedestrians before turning right on a red light
- Making an unprotected left turn into the path of a pedestrian
- Illegal driving maneuvers, such as driving on a sidewalk
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Driving at night without headlights on
- Failing to yield to pedestrians at intersections, crosswalks, etc.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, our firm can help you take legal action. Since 1997, we have been proudly serving individuals and families throughout the state of Indiana, providing compassionate legal counsel, personalized representation, and aggressive advocacy in the courtroom. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Indianapolis have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
Contact us today to schedule a complimentary case evaluation. Call (888) 204-8440 or submit an online contact form to get started. Spanish-speaking services are available.