When pedestrians are walking, they often think that because they can see cars, the drivers in the cars can see them. While this is the case when drivers are paying attention and driving carefully, when they aren’t, drivers can hit pedestrians and cause potentially fatal accidents. If you or a loved one was hurt in a pedestrian accident, you may be handling debilitating injuries and damages. There are people you can turn to for help. McMath Woods P.A. has an experienced Fayetteville pedestrian accident lawyer who will fight for your right to fair compensation.
Going through the legal process may seem daunting, but your compensation can be the key to your recovery. As medical expenses and missing work start to cause financial stress, you can have peace of mind that your compensation will help you pay medical bills, afford future care, and cover the wages for the work you’ve had to miss. Our firm fiercely advocates for those who were wrongfully injured.
How Does Negligence Result in Pedestrian Accidents?
In Arkansas, there were 493 total traffic fatalities in 2017. 42 of those fatalities were pedestrians. Drivers only need to look away from the road for a few moments for an accident to happen. Let’s take a look at what causes pedestrian accidents.
- Distracted Driving
- Disobeying Traffic Laws
- Poor Visibility
Texting and driving is a major cause of many types of traffic accidents. When a negligent driver is more focused on texting, their eyes are off the road, one hand is likely on the steering wheel, and they’re not thinking about their surroundings.
When a driver is in a hurry, they may try to beat traffic lights, roll through stop signs, or fail to yield even though they do not have right of way. If a driver attempts to speed through a yellow light, they may run a red, and the pedestrians had the right of way to cross the intersection. When a driver ignores traffic laws, they could collide with a pedestrian.
Heavy rain, snow, fog, and darkness all obscure a driver’s view of the road. However, if they are driving in inclement weather, the driver is supposed to adjust their driving to the current conditions. This includes slowing down, using windshield wipers, and turning on headlights.
One place in Fayetteville where there’s a large risk for pedestrian vs. auto injuries is the University of Arkansas campus. School and college campuses inherently have a lot of foot traffic and vehicle traffic alike. When drivers aren’t watching out for pedestrians or when pedestrians dart out into traffic unsafely, a collision can quickly occur. Other areas where foot traffic is more common include downtown areas, shopping centers, and hospitals.
Our Fayetteville pedestrian accident lawyers understand that everyone’s case will have unique circumstances. We’re prepared and trained to investigate the case—and to consult with experts to get a clear idea of what happened. An accident reconstructionist could provide insight into what led up to the crash that demonstrates the driver’s negligence. Their insight could include the weather at the moment of the crash, road conditions, evidence from debris left on the road, and any other facts they can gather that piece together how the driver acted negligently and how that resulted in your injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrians have nothing to protect them in an accident. They will likely sustain injuries from the initial impact of the car hitting them and other injuries for when they hit the ground. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to absorb the impact of the crash, so pedestrian injuries are severe and sometimes fatal.
Head injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, broken bones, lacerations, internal organ damage, and internal bleeding are all concerns when a pedestrian accident occurs. They will need medical attention immediately, even if their injuries seem minor. Some of their injuries could remain hidden and will need a physician to properly diagnose the injuries.
For example, someone could have sustained a concussion or internal damage. While this may not be visible, it doesn’t mean the injuries aren’t serious. The injured person may be in shock, which can mask symptoms. They may not realize the extent of their injuries because it may take some time for symptoms to present.
After sustaining injuries, you will likely be looking at a sizeable recovery time. Dealing with pain, corrective surgeries, rehabilitation, and time away from work and other activities you enjoy are likely going to be part of your healing process. This can be stressful and difficult to go through.
Some injuries may have permanent consequences. For example, you may experience chronic back pain or have cognitive issues like difficulty with memory. When you have an injury that will affect you for the rest of your life, it can be devastating.
While our pedestrian accident attorneys cannot undo the accident, we can help provide a path forward. When your injuries require expensive, perhaps lifelong care, our lawyers are here to fight for you.
What Should You Do After a Pedestrian Accident?
After the initial crash, call for help if you can. If you are unable, tell someone to call help for you. As you’re waiting, you can assess yourself for injuries, but you may not be able to tell the full extent of them. If you’re able, try to move to the side of the road so you’re safely away from traffic.
When emergency services arrive, allow them to assess you. If you need immediate care, they’ll transport you to the hospital. If the injuries seem minor and you’re able to go home, you should still arrange to see your doctor within the following couple of days. The sooner you’re able to identify your injuries and treat them, the sooner you’ll be able to start the healing process.
At the accident scene, you can get information from the driver that will be necessary later. Their contact information, insurance policy information, and details about their vehicle like make and model are all important. If you weren’t able to get the information about the negligent driver who hit you, the police report will likely have that information.
As you’re exchanging information, don’t apologize for anything or blame the other party for what happened. Keeping it to facts only will benefit you in the long run, especially because you likely don’t have the full story yet. Gathering other evidence like photographs of the scene can preserve physical evidence and could help your case later.
Then, you should contact a pedestrian accident lawyer in Fayetteville to begin your claim. Call our office today. We’ll meet for a free case evaluation to go over what happened, the validity of your claim, and what you’re eligible to recover. Our lawyers will be at your side every step of the way.