No one expects to be seriously injured in an accident while they are performing day-to-day activities like walking down the sidewalk, crossing the street, or returning to their car in a parking lot. But pedestrian accidents can occur when you least suspect them. The negligence of a motor vehicle operator can land a pedestrian in the hospital with severe injuries. Additionally, when a driver’s negligence causes them to collide with an unsuspecting pedestrian, the consequences can be deadly.
In Dieppe, wrongful deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents happen all-too often. Local family members can lose their loved ones in a senseless, violent set of circumstances, all because of a driver’s wrongful conduct behind the wheel.
Those pedestrians who survive a collision with a motor vehicle can easily sustain severe, even catastrophic injuries. Unlike those traveling in motor vehicles, when pedestrians travel by foot, they do not have the benefit of built-in safety features that protect passengers in the event of a collision. Even cyclists and motorcycle riders wear helmets and other protective gear to help prevent injuries when collisions with other vehicles occur. However, if a pedestrian is struck by a high-speed motor vehicle, they can easily sustain serious injuries.
Some injuries commonly sustained in pedestrian accidents include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Sprains and strains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Facial or dental injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic amputations
- Psychological injuries
- And possibly more
Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere motor vehicles move in close proximity to those traveling by foot or by wheelchair, including parking lots, residential streets, and rural sideroads. However, in Dieppe, pedestrians are most commonly injured in vehicular collisions at crosswalks and intersections. Often, these collisions take place while pedestrians are lawfully crossing the street in accordance with their traffic signal. If a negligent driver fails to obey their traffic signals, they can glide through an intersection, seriously injuring the people crossing the street.
Examples of negligence that could result in a pedestrian accident include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Driving distractedly
- Texting while driving
- Reckless driving
- Fatigued driving
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Violating other traffic laws
Depending on the severity of their injuries, pedestrians who have survived a collision with a motor vehicle may begin amassing new expenses related to their physical and psychological recovery. Injured pedestrians may be eligible to receive financial compensation for medical expenses and other newly acquired costs through Section B insurance benefits, regardless of which party was responsible for causing their accident. However, the funds available through Section B benefits may not sufficiently compensate accident victims for their total losses.
If you were injured in a collision caused by the negligence of another driver, our Dieppe pedestrian accident lawyers may be able to help you recover damages you incurred as a result of your accident by filing a lawsuit against the driver responsible for causing your injuries.
If you are eligible to file a lawsuit to recover damages from the at-fault driver, our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Dieppe may be able to fight on your behalf to help you recover the financial compensation to which you are entitled.
Free Consultation for Dieppe Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, the initial consultation with our Dieppe pedestrian accident lawyers is always free. To learn if you are eligible to pursue a civil claim against the motorist who caused your accident, book a free, initial consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Dieppe today.