Most people feel safe walking on sidewalks until they cross paths with a negligent driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian injuries are becoming more common. In 2013, the number of pedestrian deaths rose to 4,735. An estimated 69,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents, 11,000 of whom were children younger than 14.
Pedestrian traffic injuries can be physically debilitating and expensive to treat. Fortunately, victims may be able to recover compensation for health-care bills and other damages from the at-fault driver.
If you were injured in a pedestrian crash, contact Morris Bart. An Alexandria injury attorney can evaluate your accident, gather evidence, talk to witnesses and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf.
Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation. Until then, read on to learn about common pedestrian injuries and how to respond after a crash:
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Most pedestrian injuries occur at the point of impact – the area of the body that the vehicle hits. In severe accidents, it is also possible for victims to suffer secondary injuries – for example, if the impact throws them into another vehicle or object.
Common pedestrian injuries include:
- Cuts, scrapes and bruises to the head, face and body;
- Brain injuries such as concussions, swelling, hemorrhages and clots;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Torn ligaments;
- And serious fractures to the arms, legs, ribs, hips and pelvis.
What to Do after a Pedestrian Accident
Do not let the cost of treatment prevent you from seeking medical assistance. Your health is priceless, and if another person caused your injuries, then an injury attorney may be able to help you recover medical expenses.
Your top priority after any accident – whether you were a driver, passenger or pedestrian – is to seek medical assistance. A doctor’s report may be valuable evidence if you make a claim against the at-fault party.
Contact the police as soon as the crash happens. They can contact the necessary emergency services. Make sure an officer creates a report. Your accident attorney may be able to use it to prove negligence and liability.
Gather contact details from eyewitnesses. Write down their names and phone numbers.
Ask the driver for his or her full name, phone number, address and insurance details. Take a picture of his or her license plate and driver’s license.
If you are able to move around, take photographs of the scene. Capture wide-angle shots that show the positions of vehicles, as well as close-ups of injuries and property damage.
Finally, contact an accident attorney. A personal-injury lawyer can help you avoid mistakes such as settling for an amount that will not cover ongoing medical costs. He or she can also handle correspondence with insurance companies.
If you were injured due to another person’s negligence, contact an accident attorney from Morris Bart. We will help you navigate the claims process and aggressively fight for the highest possible payout.