Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts pedestrian accident lawyer has handled numerous wrongful death matters and injury claims involving accidents between pedestrians and motor vehicles.
Pedestrians unfortunately face dangerous conditions nearly every day, although they have made the healthier and environmentally friendly decision to walk to the store or walk to work. However, many motor vehicle drivers do not remain on the lookout for pedestrians and therefore cause dangerous accidents which can lead to serious injuries and even death in some cases. If you or a loved one have been injured by a motor vehicle while walking in the city, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The Governors Highway Safety Association put together a study on pedestrian traffic fatalities by state in 2010. The data indicated a slight rise in number of pedestrian fatalities during the first few months of 2010, although the second half of the year was not recorded during this study. The number of pedestrian fatalities during year 2009 was 26 in Connecticut. The first six months of 2010 showed a substantial increase in the number of fatalities in pedestrian accidents, from 11 in 2009 to 16 in 2010.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Running a stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Driving under the influence
- Texting or placing phone calls
- Eating in car or other inner car distraction
Many of these causes can be removed if drivers simply drive with caution. You should not have to go through life with injuries caused by an accident that could have been easily avoided had a driver been paying attention to the road.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian accidents unfortunately lead to severe injuries. Pedestrians have no form of protection while walking unlike motor vehicle drivers who have seatbelts, airbags, several tons of steel protecting them from outside injuries. As a result, pedestrian accidents can quickly become fatal if a car or truck is traveling at a high rate of speed. A driver responsible for causing a pedestrian accident can be responsible for the following expenses:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitative bills
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
Injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident can take months or years to recover from, and many may result in permanent injuries. You should not be forced to pay for the cost of the resulting injuries.
Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts pedestrian accident lawyer. Our attorney understands that pedestrian accidents are often severe and traumatic. We will work with you to ensure that we understand all the facts of your case and will work tirelessly to fight for your right to receive compensation for your injuries. Do not hesitate to contact us as soon as you are able. The limitations period begins running the day of your injuries and you only have a 2 year window to bring a claim in Connecticut, and a 3 year window to bring a claim in Massachusetts. Contact our West Hartford, Glastonbury, or Enfield office today for your initial free consultation.