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Pedestrian Accidents

Risk of Pedestrian Accidents

Every year thousands of people are seriously injured when motor vehicles like cars, trucks, or SUVs hit pedestrians. In some very unfortunate cases, pedestrians can even be killed after being hit by a large vehicle or a vehicle moving at unsafe speeds. A pedestrian has no protection against a car, truck, bus or motorcycle and is at the mercy of a driver who is not paying attention to the road. These accidents are always heartbreaking because the majority of pedestrian accident victims are teenagers or small children.

Most pedestrian accidents result from driver negligence or because there are poor road conditions which cause a vehicle to lose control. Regardless of the conditions which lead to the accident, the driver of the vehicle which strikes the pedestrian is almost almost at vault. Drivers sometimes engage in behaviors that are blatantly reckless, like failing to watch for pedestrians who may be crossing streets or exiting store parking lots. Other reckless behavior includes driving under the influence, texting, talking on the phone, looking at other traffic, or just not paying attention, negligence can likely be attributed to the driver.

Steps to Take After a Pedestrian Accident

If you or someone you love have been involved in a pedestrian accident as a result of a driver’s negligence, medical treatment should be sought as soon as possible. Even if pedestrians believe they are not injured, they should be examined by a medical professional for internal injuries or head injuries.

If a medical professional determines the pedestrian has a serious injury, they should meet with Goodwin Law Corporation as they may have the right to file a personal injury claim to recover from their damages. It is vital that the scene of the accident is investigated and all evidence and witness statements are collected in a timely manner. The more time that goes by, the more chance there is that an important witness or vital piece of evidence will be lost.