Pedestrian deaths have increased sharply over the past few years. According to the GHSA, pedestrian fatalities hit a 30-year high in 2019. The GHSA reports that pedestrian deaths jumped 20 percent in 2020, even though there were fewer vehicles on the road.
The pedestrian accident attorneys at Mission Personal Injury Lawyers understand the devastation caused when a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian crossing the street. Being hit by a car can cause life-threatening conditions and catastrophic injuries.
Our legal team has over 43 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases. Since our founding in 2010, our law firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars. In fact, we have a 99% success rate for the cases that we handle.
Let us put our experience and skills to work for you. Contact our law office to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. Get the legal advice you need to protect your best interest after a pedestrian accident.
How Mission Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You After a Pedestrian Accident
When you are injured as a pedestrian, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, our goal is to recover the maximum amount possible for your personal injury claim.
You have been through a challenging and painful experience, and you do not need any more stress. Let our legal team deal with the insurance company for you. We will protect you from aggressive insurance adjusters and claims representatives whose only goal is to undervalue your damages and deny your claim.
When you hire our accident lawyers, you can expect us to:
- Aggressively and diligently pursue the best outcome for your case
- Investigate your accident to gather evidence proving that the crash was not your fault
- Document your injuries by working with your physicians and, when necessary, medical experts
- File insurance claims and communicate with the insurance provider on your behalf
- Keep you informed of our progress and check on you to see how you are recovering
- Calculate the maximum value for your accident claim and fight for that amount
- Prepare and file a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary
You deserve to receive fair and just compensation for your damages. Contact our office to schedule a free case review with a personal injury lawyer. During your meeting, you’ll learn more about injury cases and how to take the necessary steps to win your case.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents?
As stated above, the number of pedestrian fatalities is expected to increase sharply again for another year. It is expected that 2020 will have the largest annual increase in the number of pedestrian deaths per mile driven since records have been maintained. Seven states accounted for more than one-half of the total pedestrian deaths during the first half of 2020.
In 2019, 6,205 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. This means a pedestrian was killed in car accidents every 85 minutes.
Thousands more pedestrians sustain injuries in traffic accidents each year. The CDC reports that approximately 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries during 2017.
What Types of Injuries Do Pedestrians Sustain When Hit by a Motor Vehicle?
Because a pedestrian has no protection from the impact of a motor vehicle, pedestrian injuries tend to be catastrophic.
Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
- Multiple fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Loss of limbs and amputations
- Internal organ failure or damage
- Severe scarring and disfigurement
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Soft tissue damage and nerve damage
A pedestrian may never regain full use of some areas of their body. Or, they may have permanent brain damage that prevents them from working or caring for themselves. In some cases, a pedestrian may be left in a coma or vegetative state after being hit by an automobile.
Who is Liable for a Pedestrian’s Injuries After an Accident?
Motorists not paying attention to the road are often responsible for a pedestrian accident. In addition to distracted driving, pedestrian accidents involve drunk drivers, speeding, failing to yield the right of way, drowsy drivers, and reckless drivers.
Proving that the driver was responsible for causing the accident is the first step in recovering compensation for damages. Our legal team searches for evidence such as videos, photographs, eyewitness testimony, and other evidence that shows the driver was negligent.
What Damages Can I Receive for a Pedestrian Accident?
The types of damages available for a pedestrian accident include economic damages and non-economic damages. In rare cases, a person may receive punitive damages if the driver intentionally harmed the person or was grossly negligent.
Damages in a pedestrian accident claim include:
- Medical expenses and bills
- Personal care and long-term care costs
- Disfigurement, scarring, disabilities, and impairments
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of income, benefits, and earning potential
- Psychological injuries
- Decrease in quality of life and loss of enjoyment of life
The value of your claim depends on numerous factors. Our legal team works to maximize the factors that benefit your claim and minimize any factors that could hurt your claim. We want you to receive the best possible settlement or jury verdict given the facts and circumstances of your case.
Contact Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys for More Information
Mission Personal Injury Lawyers has law firms conveniently located in El Paso, TX, and San Diego, CA. We are available to take your call 24/7/365. Please reach out to us so that we can help you seek justice for the pain and suffering caused by a negligent driver.