Pedestrian accidents often lead to traumatic and life altering injuries. The reason for this is because a pedestrian is most vulnerable to the damage and injury caused by a moving vehicle. Pedestrians do not have the protection afforded to a passenger in a vehicle. When hit by a vehicle, pedestrians come into direct contact with thousands of pounds of moving metal.
Most pedestrian accidents occur in crosswalks, parking lots, while a person is exiting a vehicle, or otherwise sideswiped on the street. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents include inattentive drivers, speeding, running a stop sign or traffic signal, or drivers simply failing to follow basic traffic laws. And while most pedestrians accidents involve automobiles, they also involve bicycles, motorcycles, and other motorized and non-motorized modes of transportation.
Pedestrians who are injured have the same rights as other motor vehicle accident victims. They may be entitled to compensation, including but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages, future medical treatment and care, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle, don’t take your chance dealing directly with the responsible party. There are certain unique issues surrounding pedestrian incidents that require an experienced attorney to properly investigate the facts surrounding an incident and proper handling of a claim. At Aghaeian Law, we have experience representing injured pedestrians.