Every day, pedestrians are injured or killed in accidents involving motor vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 6,283 pedestrians were fatally injured in pedestrian accidents in 2018. This was the highest number of annual pedestrian fatalities in the United States over the last two-plus decades, further sparking concern over pedestrian safety. Often, pedestrian accidents are caused, either completely or in part, by driver negligence. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries after being struck by a car as a pedestrian, our personal injury attorneys can help you understand the steps you can take to recover financial compensation for your injuries.
Seeking Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Injuries
While there are a few simple steps you can take to limit the likelihood of being involved in an accident as a pedestrian, including crossing the street only at marked crosswalks and wearing bright, reflective clothing while walking at night, the truth is that most collisions between cars and pedestrians are the fault of the driver. Whether a person was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving over the speed limit, texting while driving, or disregarding traffic lights, a victim may pursue compensation from a negligent driver through a personal injury claim.
After receiving the necessary medical attention, you will want to secure legal representation. Your attorney can gather the necessary evidence to establish fault for the collision. This may include obtaining footage from nearby security cameras or gathering testimonies from witnesses to the accident.
Due to the sheer size difference between motor vehicles and pedestrians, the injuries suffered by victims in these cases can be extremely severe or even fatal. The most common injuries to pedestrians include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and injuries to the spine. These injuries can lead to costly medical bills, expensive rehabilitation programs, and loss of income. You can pursue compensation for all of the damages you have suffered, and if your loved one has been fatally injured after being struck by a motor vehicle, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Contact a Green Bay Pedestrian Accident Attorney
After being struck by a motor vehicle, you may not know where to turn for help. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we will do everything in our power to ensure that your family receives the compensation you need. To set up a complimentary consultation with our Appleton personal injury lawyers, call our office at 920-739-7366.