The average man weighs 195 Lbs. The average woman weighs less than that. The average SUV weighs 4,000 Lbs. When a car hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian loses. That’s why we expect drivers to be careful. But often, they’re not. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 32,885 total pedestrian fatalities from traffic crashes in the United States 2010. And that doesn’t include the number of injuries. If you’ve been injured by a car while on foot, contact the Fort Collins Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Cannon Hadfield Stieben, LLC today.
We’re all pedestrians sometimes. Whether we’re walking to work or just walking across a parking lot, we are venerable to drivers who don’t look where they’re going. And when someone hits a pedestrian with their car, the results can be horrifying because pedestrians don’t have any protection. There’s no reason for all of us to walk around in body armor because drivers can’t watch out where their going. In addition, drivers have a duty to be aware of other road users, so when a car hits a pedestrian, the driver is usually at fault and should pay the pedestrian’s medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. When a pedestrian accident happens, the pedestrian has the same right to seek financial compensation as a motorist.
These are some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents:
- Intoxicated driving,
- Running red lights and hitting pedestrians in the crosswalk,
- Right turns through crosswalks without looking for pedestrians,
- Distracted driving, such as driving while texting, and
- Illegally parked cars making it difficult to see pedestrians and bicycles.
Pedestrian accidents often cause severe injuries like broken bones, torn ligaments, spinal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Each of those injuries can be life changing because they cause extensive pain and suffering and carry with them staggering medical expenses. A personal injury suit can help you ease the heavy burden brought on by a driver’s negligence. If you’ve suffered from any injury caused by an accident while you were a pedestrian, contact Cannon Hadfield Stieben, LLC today to talk to a Fort Collins pedestrian accident lawyer.
Children are especially venerable to being involved in pedestrian accidents because careless drivers often fail to look for them. Being smaller, children can easily fall into vehicle’s blindspots meaning that drivers who aren’t aware of their surroundings might hit them. Although children sometimes recover from injuries faster than adults, if their injuries are permanent, they can be in for a lifetime of medical expenses and lowered quality of life. If your child has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the Fort Collins pedestrian accident lawyers at Cannon Hadfield Stieben, LLC today.
I will analyze your case to determine who was at fault for the accident (pedestrians have to use reasonable care too), and what you’re entitled to recover.
Do I Need a Fort Collins Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
If you listen to insurance companies, they’ll tell you that you don’t need a pedestrian accident lawyer. But the insurance company doesn’t have your best interests at heart. They’re only looking out for their bottom line. And trust me, they’re pros. If you’re injured, and you want to fight for the compensation the law says you’re entitled to, you need a pro on your side too. After all, you would have lived a very accident prone life if you’ve made as many insurance claims as the Fort Collins pedestrian accident lawyers at Cannon Hadfield Stieben, LLC.