Posted on November 11, 2015
Recovering from the Aftermath of a Pedestrian Accident
“Pedestrian suffers life threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle while using the crosswalk in Orlando Florida.”
“Vehicle jumps the curb and plows into unsuspecting Pedestrians on the sidewalk, leaving one person dead and three with personal injuries in Orlando Florida.”
“7-year-old girl is killed in her front yard by a vehicle. Investigating officers have not yet determined why the car left the road. Driver was taken to a nearby hospital in Orlando suffering personal injuries.”
Headlines like these are all too common in Orlando. Personal injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents are not only a problem for Orlando residents however. According to the CDC website, the Injury Prevention and Control: Motor Vehicle Safety article stated, “In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured.”
Recovering from the aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be traumatic. The experience is often overwhelming and the hours after the collision will be dedicated solely to getting medical attention. However, if you are a family member of someone who died in a pedestrian accident, you are now faced with the horrible task of moving forward with life while suffering the grief and loss of your loved one. It is important to understand what to do to safeguard the rights and options of all the victims. A lawsuit may be the last thing you think of in those first few days after the crash, but it can be the best way to recuperate from the inevitable financial impact.
There are some common causes of vehicle vs. pedestrian collisions. It is usually assumed that the driver is always at fault. This is not always the case. In Orlando, as in other states, some pedestrians are held solely accountable for the accident and injuries sustained or can be found to hold shared fault.
Some of the most common causes for pedestrian accidents are:
- pedestrians walking at night without reflective or bright clothing
- vehicles that run red lights
- drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- drivers that fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- pedestrians that do not use marked crosswalks
- pedestrians ignoring crossing signals
Pedestrians that suffer a personal injury in Orlando will face a number of hard facts. After a serious pedestrian accident the injured party will incur the cost of both current and future medical expenses. They may lose wages due to the accident and possibly lose their job altogether. Pain and suffering are also a large part of recovering from an injury. Loss of enjoyment of favorite activities may also bring down your quality of life. Families of people who have died in a pedestrian collision will also face similar damages.
If you suffered a personal injury in Orlando or if a family member of yours was killed in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately. The Law Offices of Parent has an established reputation in Orlando and will help you ensure that your legal rights are protected. They can help you recover fair compensation for lost wages, medical costs due to related injury, long-term diminished quality of life, and loss of life compensation for immediate family.