According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average a pedestrian is killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes, making pedestrian deaths second only to occupant deaths in vehicle crashes. While most pedestrians use care when crossing the street, many drivers make assumptions about pedestrians, and those assumptions often have devastating consequences to pedestrians walking on streets, sidewalks, and even crosswalks. In fact, a driver should exercise the greatest possible care to be certain they are aware of pedestrians and certain their vehicle does not come close to pedestrians.
Because of the weight and speed of vehicles, pedestrian Injuries are commonly more serious than injuries suffered in other types of accidents, and if you are injured while a pedestrian, you may be eligible for significant compensation. For many reasons, the first day or two following a pedestrian injury are critical for collecting evidence and properly documenting a the injury to the insurance company. Attorneys experienced in cases involving personal injury are experts in handling claims and protecting your rights. For that reason, you should consult with a personal injury attorney at your first possible opportunity, so that she can protect your rights from day one to obtain full compensation.