Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in their day, whether it’s walking alongside a road, crossing the crosswalk, or walking in a developed area. Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the road-using groups to see a rise in fatalities in the US as of late. On average, a pedestrian is injured in an auto-related accident every seven minutes. It is no question with these numbers that pedestrian safety has been a growing concern in the US. If you or someone you know have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, it is important to be informed of the proper process.
Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
There are many types of pedestrian injuries, with the most common including:
- Brain Trauma – Brain dysfunction often from a violent blow to body/head in result of an auto accident. Brain trauma injuries range from minor to severe medical consequences.
- Spinal Cord – Sudden blow to the spine that fractures/dislocates vertebrae. Any damage to the spinal cord or nerves near the spinal cord can cause permanent impairment
- Fractures – Fractures can happen when force on a bone is stronger than the bone and causes a loss in continuity of the bone. Although bone fractures can heal and are treatable, the injury may cause permanent pain and other issues that impacts the overall quality of life.
- Broken Bones – Broken bones can also occur when there is a break in part or all of a bone (like a fracture). One of the most common pedestrian-related injuries involving cars and other vehicles are broken bones. Broken bones can be very painful and may require medical treatment to repair.
- Emotional trauma – Being struck by a vehicle can cause physical injuries and more. A victim can suffer permanent emotional trauma after a pedestrian accident. Many victims seek emotional support through counseling for months to years after the traumatic experience.
Types of Pedestrian Vehicle Accidents
Any accidents involving a vehicle, truck, or motorcycle and pedestrian not in an automobile falls in the category of a pedestrian car accident. Here are some common types of pedestrian accidents involving vehicles below.
- Crosswalks Crosswalk accidents often occur when a pedestrian is using the crosswalk legally at the time and a vehicle fails to stop in time, hitting them in the crosswalk.
- Parking Lot/Back-Over These type of accidents happen when a car is reversing out of a parking space in the lot and strikes a pedestrian while doing so. “Back-over” accidents happen when other cars may be blocking the driver’s view such as in a parking lot, with many shoppers walking from all directions to or from their car and a vehicle hits them.
- Loss of Control These accidents usually happen when a driver loses control of the vehicle they are driving and sideswipes or strikes a pedestrian. Many of these accidents result in running over the pedestrian or crushing the victim into a wall, building, or other unmoving objects.
What to Do if You Have Been Involved in an Pedestrian Accident
Time is particularly of the essence in the actions victims take or fail to take following a pedestrian accident. Time makes a significant impact on the strength of your case, evidence, and ability to collect compensation. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, it is crucial to follow the steps below immediately.
- Seek Medical Attention. Whether or not you or the people involved in an accident believe there are serious injuries, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Seeking medical attention will help ensure all injuries are properly treated and identified and create official medical records documenting the injuries, severity of injuries, and required treatments.
- Document the Accident. It is crucial to record and document all details of the scene of the accident while it remains fresh in your memory. Waiting to record information about the accident will cause potential loss of critical details. Facts to record include the names and contact information of everyone involved in the accident including witnesses, license plate numbers of cars involved, the date, time and place of the accident, etc. Taking pictures of any injuries and the scene of the crash will also help preserve precious evidence.
- Seek a Pedestrian Accidents Attorney. It is important for victims to understand the laws and regulations governing pedestrian accident claims in your state. We at Khashan Law are very familiar with the California laws involving a pedestrian accident. Our experienced team understands the process and deadlines to follow to properly file your claim in a timely manner.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident, don’t wait any longer to consult with one of our knowledgeable pedestrian accident attorneys to file your claim. Let an experienced pedestrian accidents lawyer from Khashan Law represent you to help you claim the compensation you deserve so you can focus on recovery. The time is now. Call us today for a free consultation.