Understanding the Harm Associated with Pedestrian AccidentsAs mentioned above, the pedestrian accident resulted in harm so severe that the victim remains in critical condition – even a week after the accident. Although there are no details available about the specific injuries caused by the accident, the injuries were severe enough that he continues to fight for his life. The injuries resulting from pedestrian accident vary significantly. In general, pedestrian accidents could result in head injuries, brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, shoulder injuries, hip injuries, knee injuries, organ damage, lacerations, broken ribs, fractured bones, severed limbs, sprains, strains, ligament damage, nerve damage, internal bleeding, and many other sorts of injuries. Regardless of the type and severity of the injuries suffered, victims and their families will likely see their lives affected in many different ways. If you would like to learn more about your right to sue based on the harm that you suffered, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm as soon as possible.
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Liability for Pedestrian AccidentsIn many cases, it is complex to establish liability for pedestrian accidents. In general, claimants must remember the following: parties owe other parties a specific duty of care; if they breach their duty of care, they will be held accountable for the harm suffered by victims. In general, liability for pedestrian accidents depends on the specific details of the accident. Consider the following points:
- When driver negligence caused the accident – most pedestrian accidents are caused by the negligence of drivers. Drivers owe all pedestrians a duty of care to drive with caution to avoid any accidents that could result in injuries or death. When drivers exercise recklessness while behind the wheel, they create a risk to pedestrians. When recklessness or negligence results in drivers causing pedestrian accidents, they will likely be liable for the harm suffered.
- When pedestrian negligence caused the accident – many pedestrian accidents are caused directly by the negligent actions of pedestrians themselves. Pedestrians have the duty to care for themselves and keep themselves out of harm’s way to the best of their abilities. However, pedestrians often put themselves in danger by exercising recklessness, such as entering busy intersections and running into the street when it is not safe to do so. When the actions of pedestrians contribute to the accident and injuries suffered, they will likely be liable.
- When third-party negligence caused the accident – some pedestrian accidents are caused by parties/entities other than drivers and pedestrians. In many cases, pedestrian accidents are caused by things that are completely out of the control of both drivers and pedestrians, such as poor road conditions, blind intersections, and poorly lit crosswalks, for example. These specific causes are associated with the failures of entities, such as traffic agencies and county agencies, for instance. When pedestrian accidents are caused by these failures, these agencies could be liable.
The Right to Pursue a Pedestrian Accident ClaimIf the pedestrian accident that you suffered was a direct result of a party’s negligence, you will likely have grounds to pursue a claim. Surviving family members could also pursue a claim for the wrongful death of the victim. What if the pedestrian accident was partly your fault? Would you still have the right to pursue a claim? Unfortunately, many people decide to not pursue pedestrian claims because they are worried about being partly liable. Even if you have some liability for the accident, you will likely have the right to pursue a claim. For more information about your right to pursue a pedestrian accident claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts today.
The Right to Recover CompensationYou have the right to sue for the pedestrian accident that resulted in your injuries or the death of a member of your family. Depending on the specific details of your claim, you could likely be eligible to receive monetary compensation. How much monetary compensation might you be eligible to recover? What establishes your right to recover compensation? What type of compensation could you be eligible to receive? The compensation available for your claim depends on specific details. Although every claim is different, claimants who pursue claims after pedestrian accidents will likely be eligible to receive some of the following types of compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
- Punitive damages
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