Injuries Typically Caused in a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrians are at a serious disadvantage when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. For many years, auto makers have been diligently improving the safety features of their vehicles by developing safer airbags, seat belts, and even crash avoidance systems. Pedestrians, on the other hand, are largely unprotected from a collision with a motor vehicle, and when an accident occurs, the pedestrian will typically suffer catastrophic injuries. Some of the most severe and life-altering injuries can include: Spinal cord injuries, Broken bones, Nerve damage, Torn ligaments, Severe cuts and lacerations, Disfigurement, Internal bleeding, Organ damage, Leg or knee injuries, Traumatic brain injuries, and/or burn-like injuries from road-rash.
The severity of the injury inflicted on the pedestrian will depend on a variety of factors that can include the speed at which the vehicle was driving before the impact, the angle of the collision, the type of vehicle involved, and the part of the body struck. Regardless, pedestrian accidents almost always result in long-term difficulties.
Types of Financial Compensation Available Following a Pedestrian Accident
Depending on the severity of the injury and the facts of the case, compensation can be available in the aftermath of a pedestrian accident. In California, people who have been injured as a result of another’s careless actions have a right to pursue compensation for their injuries. Available damages in most cases can include, but are not limited to: Past and present health care treatment, Future medical expenses, Loss of income while in recovery, Inability to return to the normal line of work, Pain and suffering, Emotional distress, and/or disfigurement.
Wrongful Death in a Pedestrian Accident
Sadly, it is not uncommon for pedestrians to be killed when struck by a vehicle. When the pedestrian sustains fatal injuries, a qualifying representative can seek compensation on his or her behalf. Based on California’s wrongful death statute, the following parties may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim: The decedent’s surviving spouse or domestic partner, the decedent’s children, The decedent’s parents, The decedent’s financial dependents, or Representatives of his or her estate.
Aside from regular personal injury damages, the victim’s representative can also seek damages for the following: Funeral costs, Burial and memorial services, Loss of household services, Loss of companionship, and/or Loss of consortium The decedent’s parents, The decedent’s financial dependents, or Representatives of his or her estate.
Aside from regular personal injury damages, the victim’s representative can also seek damages for the following: Funeral costs, Burial and memorial services, Loss of household services, Loss of companionship, and/or Loss of consortium.