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Whether traversing a parking lot, sidewalk, roadside or intersection, the potential for a car-vs-pedestrian accident is always present.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely per trip than occupants of passenger vehicles to be killed. In fact, there is a pedestrian death in the U.S. every 2 hours.

In fact, the number of Americans killed in pedestrian accidents – 47,025 – between 2003 and 2012 was 16 times the number of people killed in earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Another 676,000 were injured in pedestrian accidents during that time.

Infrastructure and layout of many cities were not constructed with pedestrians in mind.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that more than 4000,  pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes, accounting for more than 10% of the total number of fatal accidents.

Researchers discovered:

  • More than two-thirds pedestrians killed in crashes are males.
  • More than one-fifth of the children between the ages of birth to 14 years killed in traffic accidents are pedestrians.
  • More than one-fifth of pedestrians killed in car accident were struck by hit-and-run drivers.
  • These accidents also disproportionately affect seniors (who account for 1 in 5 pedestrians killed), as well as Black and Hispanic minorities.

Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Driver inattention
  • Driver failure to observe speed limits
  • Driver failure to use turn signals
  • Driver impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Driver disobeying traffic signals or signs

Even when a pedestrian has some fault in the accident, they may still be able to eligible for compensation.  

If you have suffered injury in a pedestrian accident, you may have legal recourse. Compensation could include reimbursement for:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Mental and Emotional Distress
  • Loss of Consortium (spouse)

These are often very serious personal injury cases. When a person is struck by a vehicle, they are at risk of:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Injury
  • Back Injury
  • Broken Bones
  • Facial/ Dental Injuries
  • Internal Injuries

At LDM&M, our injury attorneys are adept at auto insurance negotiation, but we have the resources to take the case to trial if it is in our client’s best interest. We recognize that recovering damages in a pedestrian accident case is a complex matter and we are dedicated to fighting to ensure victims and their loved ones are fully compensated for their losses.  For over 40 years, we have strived to ensure that our clients receive the medical help, compensation and justice they deserve.