When a collision takes place between an automobile, truck or motorcycle and a pedestrian, there is little question as to the end result. Pedestrians have no protection against the weight and force of these types of vehicles, and as a result they often suffer catastrophic injury or death. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Board reported in 2004 that there had been almost 5,000 pedestrian deaths in the United States that year, and that statistic has not changed substantially in the ten years since. In addition to the high number of deaths, there were almost 60,000 pedestrians who were seriously injured in that same time span. Though accidents involving pedestrians occur at much lower frequency then other types of vehicular accidents, the potential for serious injury and death is far greater because pedestrians are so exposed.
Pedestrians are protected by several laws and are entitled to cross the road at crosswalks. In many jurisdictions pedestrians are granted the right of way, but that doesn’t change the fact that cars do not stop for pedestrians. Almost three quarters of pedestrian accidents take place in urban areas where motorists are expected to yield to pedestrians but they do not. If you’ve been involved in an accident in which you or someone you love was struck by a car then you need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you to recover from the devastating impact of this type of accident.
Drivers who are at fault in pedestrian accidents are responsible for the damage that they cause; this includes medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. James Kennedy has been representing victims of automobile accidents for many years. He is a compassionate, caring attorney who will fight hard to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you or your loved one are entitled to.
Pedestrian accidents are often complex legal issues, and it is a mistake to try to determine fault without the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Though in some situations responsibility for the accident may seem clear cut, such as when the pedestrian was in the crosswalk or had the right of way, in other situations the expertise of a personal injury attorney may be particularly helpful. Drivers are required to pay attention and to drive at safe speeds in all situations, and a thorough investigation of the particulars of your case ay show that even if a pedestrian is partially at fault, the driver’s actions may be contributory. James Kennedy can help you to determine your rights and what kind of compensation you may be entitled to. He will fight for justice on your behalf. Call today for an appointment.