Many of us like to live in or visit walkable areas, where we can enjoy the weather and the scenery. However, if a pedestrian is hit by a car, they can face painful injuries and expensive medical bills.
Pedestrian accidents can happen when drivers are distracted by texting, talking to others in the car, are on their phone, or changing the radio station. They may not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian. Similarly, drivers who are acting recklessly or aggressively, or who are in under the influence of drugs or alcohol, may increase the risk of an accident.
They can also happen if the driver does not pay attention to traffic signs and signals, including crossing signs. In addition, if the driver is speeding through an intersection, they can seriously hurt a person in the crosswalk.
Sometimes, bad weather like snow, sleet or fog can make it difficult for a driver to see other drivers and pedestrians. Unfortunately, although drivers should slow down in these conditions, if they don’t, they may not be able to avoid hitting a person.
A pedestrian can suffer from a wide range of injuries. These include soft tissue injuries like cuts, bruises and scrapes, fractures, broken bones and in serious situations, head and spinal cord injuries.
They may also have internal injuries to their organs or internal bleeding that needs immediate medical attention. It may be necessary to seek compensation from the driver to cover lost wages and medical expenses.