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Pedestrian accident victims should know about legal protections

There is no question that pedestrian accidents can be severe with serious consequences for victims. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), each year close to 5,000 pedestrians die in pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles, and approximately 76,000 pedestrian victims suffered injuries in 2012 as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle such as a car or truck. This is troubling since pedestrian accidents can mean unexpected damages for victims with which they are forced to deal.

When a negligent driver has harmed a pedestrian in a pedestrian accident, they may be held liable to reimburse the victim for the damages they have suffered. Victims may suffer unexpected and significant medical expenses, as well as lost wages and pain and suffering damages as a result of a pedestrian accident. These losses can be significant, leaving accident victims in a precarious financial position at a time when they are physically and emotionally vulnerable.

Drivers may be considered negligent if they engage in distracted driving, speeding, failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian at a crosswalk, disobeying traffic signs or signals, failing to signal when turning as required by law, failing to adjust for weather or traffic conditions when driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Personal injury legal protections stand as a resource available to pedestrian accident victims to help them hold a negligent driver accountable for the damages they have suffered.

Victims of pedestrian accidents may find that they need help with the unexpected physical, financial, and emotional damages associated with a traumatic pedestrian accident. As a result, pedestrian accident victims should be familiar with how personal injury legal options can assist them when they have been harmed by a negligent driver.

Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents Overview," Accessed Aug. 7, 2017

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