Most people know that car accidents are a common cause of injury in the United States. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles can be involved in collisions with other motor vehicles, or they may be involved in accidents with pedestrians.
Pedestrian accidents can occur when a person is walking down the sidewalk, exiting a vehicle, or even passing through a crosswalk. Pedestrian accidents tend to cause catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.
Victims of pedestrian accidents at crosswalks can work with the Ogden, UT accident attorneys at Froerer & Miles to seek compensation for damages. Our experienced attorneys will gather evidence, build a case, and fight for maximum compensation so that injury victims can focus on the important task of recovering.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents?
Preliminary data collected and reported during the first half of 2017 highlights just how common pedestrian accidents are. The Governors Highway Safety Association gathered information from all 50 State Highway Safety Officers, plus the District of Columbia.
Collectively, the states reported 2,636 pedestrian accident deaths during the first half of 2017. Based on these numbers, the GHSA report estimated that there would be 5,984 pedestrian accident deaths by the end of 2017.
In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed. Many consider this a startlingly high number, and this does not even account for the pedestrians who survive the injuries of a pedestrian accident.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Crosswalks
There are traffic laws in place to minimize the risk of an accident, and many pertain directly to pedestrian safety. As with car accidents between two or more motor vehicles, most pedestrian accidents are caused by driver recklessness or neglect.
This is especially true of accidents that take place in crosswalks, which should be a safe place for pedestrians to walk. Common causes of pedestrian accidents in crosswalks include:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failing to check for pedestrians
- Texting while driving
- Driving while intoxicated
Pedestrians have nothing to protect them if they are hit by a car, which is why injuries and damages in these types of accidents tend to be so severe.
Financial damages in a pedestrian accident may include medical expenses, the cost of long-term care, rehabilitation therapy, lost wages, and a loss of wage-earning potential.
Just as important to consider are the non-financial damages of an accident, which include pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of consortium (in the case of wrongful death). Our attorneys take all of these damages into consideration when seeking a financial settlement for our clients.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident in a crosswalk, you should consider your legal right to compensation for damages. To learn more about your possible courses of legal action, schedule a personal consultation with one of the experienced attorneys at Froerer & Miles by calling our office at (801) 621-2690.