According to the National Transportation Safety Board, half of all pedestrian accidents that involve children occur in the afternoon between 3 pm and 4 pm, when children are out from school.
Many trick-or-treating child pedestrians in dark-colored costumes on Halloween night also get injured while crossing the street in the dark. To avoid pedestrian accidents, it’s important for parents to make sure that adults accompany small children, that children wear costumes that drivers can see in the dark, and that children carry flashlights with them. Children should also be taught by their parents to check traffic on streets and follow the pedestrian traffic laws.
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Injured children aged 15 years and younger make up 39% of all pedestrians injured in road accidents. There were 4,000 elderly who suffered injuries in pedestrian accidents the previous year that resulted in 700 elderly deaths. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the elderly are also particularly vulnerable to pedestrian injuries or fatalities due to their slower reflexes and slower walking abilities. The elderly require more time when crossing the streets, and when accidents do occur, they can be severely injured if not killed.
California pedestrian accidents
Individuals injured in a pedestrian accident may recover damages for the injuries they sustained. Statistics show that in accidents involving motor vehicles in the United States, a pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes, and one pedestrian is killed every 113 minutes.
Many drivers inflict injuries to pedestrians when they:
- Fail to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks
- Back out of parking spaces in parking lots
- Speed up their vehicles in residential areas where there are children playing
- Turn on a red light and fail to look for pedestrians on the crosswalk
An injured victim of a pedestrian accident can receive compensation for sustained injuries such as spinal cord injuries, broken bones and head injuries. Families of a pedestrian killed in an accident may also receive compensation.
Injured pedestrians may recover for:
- Reimbursement for medical bills related directly to the pedestrian accident
- Recurring pain and suffering caused by physical injuries
- Reasonable future medical bills
- Rehabilitative services or accommodations, such as physical therapy or a ramp leading to the home
- Mental pain and suffering
- Lost past and future wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent impairment or disfigurement
If you sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident, it would be best to keep a daily diary of how your injuries are affecting you not just physically but also emotionally. You can benefit from this personal documentation later, when the time comes for you to prove your injuries in court.
Hiring Lexton Law Firm
If you or a family member has been a victim of a pedestrian traffic accident that caused injuries, the best step to take is to contact an experienced legal professional at Lexton Law Firm. We strive hard to obtain the care you deserve and fair compensation for the injuries you sustained.
How much does a pedestrian accident attorney charge?
Lexton Law Firm provides legal representation to pedestrian accident victims on a contingency fee basis. We offer our services to clients without charge unless we obtain settlement for them. Once we take on a client’s case, we get paid only when we win the case. At our law firm, there are no up-front fees or costs, no court costs and no filing fees. We get paid when our client is paid.