Pedestrian accidents can be very serious – obtain the compensation you deserve with proficient legal support today.
According to the California Department of Public Health, pedestrian accident injuries and fatalities have significantly increased over the last decade. The agency recognizes that walking can provide a wide range of personal and societal benefits, but with more people walking, the rate of pedestrian accidents is steadily increasing. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that in 2018, there were more than 14,000 pedestrians injured. Between 2014 and 2018, the agency reports that pedestrian deaths rose by 26 percent.
Monetary Compensation is Available After a Serious Pedestrian Accident
The California Office of Traffic Safety has stated that the increasing rate of pedestrian accidents in California is cause for concern. Every year since 2009, the number of traffic accidents involving pedestrians has been increasing, leading to thousands of serious injuries each year. If you or a loved one was injured while out for a walk, jog, or run, it is absolutely necessary to obtain proficient legal counsel. An experienced attorney will ensure the case is thoroughly investigated and advocate for maximum compensation from the at-fault party.
For more than ten years, Attorney Justin H. King has aggressively advocated on behalf of those injured by another’s negligent actions. In many ways, pedestrian accidents are some of the most dangerous forms of traffic accidents, leading to catastrophic injuries that could cause a lifetime of pain and anguish. If you were struck by a vehicle, it is important that you obtain the support of a qualified attorney who will ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve for the injuries and damages you have sustained. Consider contacting Attorney Justin H. King to discuss your case. Obtain a free consultation by calling (909) 297-5001 or filling out the contact form here.
Common Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Whether a person is out for a walk, jog, or run, anytime the person is near traffic, he or she is vulnerable to an accident with a careless driver. Since people do not have any form of body protection when out on the street, the risk of serious injury when struck by a moving vehicle is likely.
When a person is struck by a vehicle, the severity of his or her injuries will depend on multiple factors, including the type of vehicle involved, where the victim was struck, and the speed of the vehicle. In spite of this, there are some injuries that are more common than others in pedestrian accidents. Some of the most common types of injuries include:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
The human spinal cord is responsible for transmitting signals between the brain and the rest of the body. A person who suffers even the slightest spinal cord injury can suffer serious harm. A spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis, chronic back pain, and other life-changing consequences.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI, are caused when there is a sudden jolt or blow to the head. They can also be caused when the brain has been pierced by a foreign object, such as the fragments of a fractured skull or piece of metal. Although some injuries can be minor and result in a small concussion, others can have catastrophic consequences. The human brain is a very complex organ and when injured, it can be very difficult to determine the extent of injury without an extensive medical evaluation. Traumatic brain injuries can result in cognitive dysfunction, sensory processing disorders, and emotional trauma.
- Soft Tissue Injuries
There is a wide range of injuries that could be considered soft tissue injuries. Some of these injuries can include lacerations, tears, bruises, sprains, and dislocations. Although most of these injuries do not require medical intervention, they can still cause pain and discomfort, leading to a loss of quality of life. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can take a long time for a soft tissue injury to heal, which may affect a person’s ability to return to work. Moreover, soft tissue injuries can lead to permanent issues, such as scarring, mobility issues, or chronic pain. Soft tissue injuries typically lead to emotional distress.
- Broken Bones and Fractures
Sadly, pedestrians are prone to some of the most devastating bone injuries when struck by a moving vehicle. Some of the most vulnerable bones that can break or be fractured in a pedestrian accident are those located on a person’s head, face, chest, back, hips, legs, and arms. Although most of these injuries are treatable, a serious injury can lead to long-term pain and other medical concerns.
- Wrongful Death
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrians are more likely to be killed in a traffic accident if the drivers were speeding at the time of the accident. Like pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality rates are also increasing in California. When the accident results in the death of the victim, the victim’s loved ones may seek damages through a wrongful death claim.
Discuss Your Case With a Knowledgeable Pedestrian Accident Attorney
As more people take to the streets to enjoy a walk or run, the number of accident rates involving pedestrians is increasing. While pedestrian accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, they all have the capacity to result in catastrophic injuries. Some of these injuries may be self-resolving, while others may cause a lifetime of pain and emotional hardship. If you or a loved one was recently struck by a vehicle, financial compensation may be available. Contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney today.
For more than a decade, Attorney Justin H. King has represented injured victims, helping them and their families recover the financial compensation they deserved after a tragic accident caused them harm. As a proponent of justice, Attorney King works tirelessly to ensure negligent parties are held accountable when their careless actions lead to the injury of others. If you were struck by a vehicle, take immediate action and consider contacting Attorney King as soon as possible. You can schedule your free consultation by calling (909) 297-5001 or fill out the contact form here.