While it may seem like spring and summer in Michigan are the times when pedestrian accidents may be more common, pedestrian accidents can happen even in the wintertime. After all, people still walk to work, children still play outdoors and someone needs to walk the dog. Unfortunately, when it comes to an accident between an automobile and a pedestrian, the results can be deadly.
For example, a person could be struck in a crosswalk. Or, if a person is in a parking lot, a vehicle can back into them. A person could even be struck by a car if they are simply standing on the sidewalk. All it takes is a moment of inattention on the part of the driver to cause an accident that injures or kills a pedestrian.
The injuries a pedestrian can suffer when struck by a car can be catastrophic. Broken bones, internal injuries and head injuries can all cause a great deal of pain and suffering. Moreover, many of these injuries require lengthy hospital stays and extensive rehabilitation. In addition, while healing from their injuries, the victim may be unable to work, adding financial stress to an already difficult situation.
Pedestrians should know, however, that they have rights if they are struck by a vehicle. Depending on the circumstances, they may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Attorney Kurt M. Schultz has represented many Michigan residents in pedestrian accident cases. His firm's webpage on pedestrian accidents may help those who need a place to turn after a pedestrian accident.