Whether you are crossing a street or walking on a sidewalk, almost “[e]veryone is a pedestrian at some point, and most know to keep their distance from moving traffic.” Safety in Numbers, v. 1, issue 4, Aug. 2013. Unfortunately, people are often involved in traffic accidents. “On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every 7 minutes in traffic crashes. Fourteen percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated 3 percent of those injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians.” Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrians, April 2014.
Although pedestrians involved in traffic accidents often have the right of way, that does not have any effect on the injuries a person suffers when hit by a car. Additionally, juries often find fault on both the driver and the pedestrian. So not only does a pedestrian injured in a motor vehicle accident have to worry about navigating medical bills and insurance policies while trying to recover from injuries, there is often the strong likelihood that an insurance company will take the aggressive position that you, the injured pedestrian, caused the accident.
What Can you Recover?
If you or a loved one was injured as a pedestrian, you or your loved one may be entitled to recover the following damages:
- Past medical bills;
- Future medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Future wages;
- Money that cannot be earned in the future because of your injuries;
- Pain and suffering; and
- If your loved one passed away as a result of his or her injuries from an accident, then you may be able to pursue wrongful death.