Thousands of pedestrians are injured every year in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, 4,378 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States. On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 120 minutes and injured in a traffic accident every eight minutes. There were 69,000 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents in 2008. A majority of pedestrian fatalities– about 72 percent — in 2008 happened in urban areas. Most pedestrian accidents, about 76 percent, occurred at non-intersections and about 89 percent happened in normal weather conditions.
A number of Illinois pedestrian accidents occur because the motorist fails to yield right-of-way to the pedestrian. Many pedestrian accidents also occur as a result of pedestrians jaywalking or crossing streets illegally where they should not be crossing, or walking where they should not be walking. Pedestrians have the responsibility to follow the rules of the road just as motorists must follow traffic laws.
However, a number of pedestrian accidents occur because of driver negligence. Examples of negligence or wrongdoing include drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, running a red light or failing to stop for a stop sign and failing to yield right-of-way to a pedestrian. Also, in a pedestrian accident, it is the pedestrian who sustains critical or fatal injuries. Pedestrians when hit are often thrown several feet from the point of impact. Head injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and internal injuries are extremely common in pedestrian accidents.
Major pedestrian accident injuries can have a devastating impact on the lives of injured victims and their families. The accident and the resulting injuries can certainly turn the victims’ lives upside down. It could leave a person catastrophically injured or permanently disabled. It could result in loss of wages. Sometimes, a person may never be able to return to work.
If you have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, hospitalization costs, lost earnings, and even long-term care if the injuries are catastrophic. An experienced personal injury lawyer will help protect your rights and make sure you receive just compensation for your serious injuries and losses.