According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration almost 4,300 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in the United States in 2011. That same year, there were an estimated 69,000 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents. 11,000 of those pedestrians injured were children under the age of 14. In the state of Alabama, nearly 600 pedestrians experienced traffic-relatedinjuries, and 84 died. If you or someone you love has injuries caused by the driver of a vehicle of any kind, you may want to discuss whether you are entitled to recover compensation from the responsible driver. Contact the Alabama attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt and we can help determine if you are eligible to file a claim for damages.
Traffic accidents of all types cause some of the most devastating injuries and fatalities every day. When an accident involves large or small vehicles traveling at high speeds, the results are often tragic. What happen when a motor vehicle collides with an unprotected pedestrian? The human body is simply not equipped to withstand the force of an oncoming car of any size or speed. The differential in weight alone puts an innocent pedestrian in danger of severe injury from even a “tap” by an automobile.
The following are some of the pedestrian injuries that accident attorneys encounter:
- Permanent scars
- Broken bones and teeth
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Hematoma, lacerations
Negligent Drivers and Pedestrian Accidents
Occasionally, an accident may be caused by a reckless or careless pedestrian. A pedestrian who is jaywalking at night with no reflective gear may be more responsible for an accident than the driver who hits him. But, even careful pedestrians, including children, are less visible and at greater risk than someone in a vehicle. For this reason, drivers are more likely to be found negligent in cases with pedestrians. Negligent driving includes any careless conduct and exists in many forms. Negligent acts may include:
- Texting or driving while distracted
- Running a red light
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Talking on the phone
- Not putting on headlights
Contact our Alabama Attorneys
If you are a pedestrian who has been injured in a traffic accident, the compassionate attorneys at Farris Riley & Pitt can help. We have successfully handled all types of the pedestrian accident cases. If you are the injured victim, you may be entitled to monetary damages for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you may qualify to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. Farris Riley & Pitt will work tirelessly to obtain the full amount of compensation you deserve.