The Fatal Walk

The Fatal Walk

Jan 13

You never imagined that when you took the dog out for its daily walk that you would end up in the hospital with life-changing injuries. You can’t help thinking as you suffer tremendous pain that if you had been only a minute earlier or later leaving the house you could even now be enjoying a quiet hour reading a good book with a tall glass of icy lemonade at your elbow. You never even saw the car coming.

This is unfortunately not an uncommon scenario. Pedestrian accidents happen more often than we think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one pedestrian is injured every 7 minutes in a vehicular accident somewhere in the US. That’s 76,000 injured annually. A grimmer number is one every two hours; that’s more than 4,700 pedestrian accident fatalities every year. In fact, pedestrian deaths account for 11% of the total number of motor accident fatalities every year. So perhaps lying on a hospital bed with a broken back may not be so bad after all.

Actually, it is.

Serious pedestrian accident injuries are often devastating; many are life-changing. It can result in permanent problems such as paralysis, loss of limbs, extensive disfigurement and scarring, and traumatic brain injury. Aside from significant medical expenses, a serious pedestrian accident injury may result in extensive if not permanent loss of income as well as prolonged life care, something that the average person cannot afford. If the accident was caused by the negligence of the driver such as excessive speeding, failing to stop at a crosswalk or making a sudden turn at an intersection, the victim has the right (and probably the need) to sue for compensation.

If you have been seriously hurt in a negligent pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and other responsible parties, if any. Find an experienced pedestrian or car accident lawyer in your state to represent you in your lawsuit for best results.

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