Pedestrians are injured or killed in traffic accidents every day. Many of these pedestrians are struck by automobiles while they are walking by foot, in a wheelchair, or with a stroller. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable people using our roads since they have no protection when struck by cars, trucks, motorcycles, or other automobiles. There are no minor accidents when the collision involves a pedestrian. Each of these pedestrian accidents are likely to involve catastrophic injuries or death. The Griffin Law Firm can help you with your personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability claim that may arise from a pedestrian accident. We encourage you to call us today at 877-529-7070 or 877-PAIN-LAW to get the answers you need for your pedestrian accident claim.
Personal Injury Claims involving Pedestrian Accidents: Pedestrians who are hurt due to the actions of a negligent driver have a valid personal injury claim. The injured pedestrian can recover for his or her medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If the negligent driver was also guilty of DUI (drunk driving) or hit and run, then the injured pedestrian can also pursue punitive damages. Since pedestrians are often catastrophically injured, these claims are often very high value. Attorney Richard Griffin and his personal injury law firm can help you get the personal injury claim that you need and deserve. To read more about personal injury we recommend:
Wrongful Death Claims involving Pedestrian Accidents: If a pedestrian is killed by a negligent driver, then the surviving spouse and children have a wrongful death claim. In this wrongful death action they can recover for the value of the lost life. The estate of the deceased pedestrian can also recover for the pain and suffering prior to death, the medical expenses, and for the burial expenses. The Griffin Law Firm is experienced in handling both of these wrongful death claims. To read more about wrongful death we recommend you visit:
Workers’ Compensation Claims involving Pedestrian Accidents: If a pedestrian is on the job when the pedestrian accident occurs, then he or she can have a valid Georgia workers’ compensation claim. This might involve a worker who is struck while working on or beside the road, a courier, or other worker who is hit while performing his or her job duties. Injured workers can recover for their authorized medical expenses, lost wages, and permanent impairment ratings. Our workers’ compensation attorneys are also able to negotiate lump sum settlements to fully compensate the injured worker for their workers’ compensation claim. To read more about workers’ compensation we recommend:
Social Security Disability Claims involving Pedestrian Accidents: If a pedestrian is injured in a pedestrian accident and cannot work, then he or she may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. In this situation, unlike personal injury, it does not matter if the pedestrian is at fault on the pedestrian accident or not. The only issue is does he or she qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Our Social Security Disability attorneys are skilled at winning these claims even when the claims are initially denied by the Social Security Administration. To read more about Social Security claims we recommend:
What are common causes of pedestrian accidents?
- Distracted drivers: Many pedestrians are struck when negligent drivers get distracted while they are driving. These distractions can include operating the radio, the GPS, the cell phone, or attempting to eat or drink while driving. Studies have shown that distracted driving is as dangerous as drunk driving since the driver’s reactions are delayed and since the driver can easily drive off the road.
- Excessive speed: When drivers drive too fast for conditions or drive at excessive speeds, then pedestrian accidents are much more likely to occur. Excessive speed prevents the driver from being able to stop as quickly and gives the pedestrian little time to react to an oncoming automobile.
- Failure to yield the right of way: Pedestrian accidents often occur when pedestrians are struck attempting to cross the road. If the pedestrian is in the cross walks when crossing the road and is obeying the pedestrian lights, then the driver is almost always liable for the accident. However, even if you are struck while crossing the road outside the cross walks, then you still may have a valid personal injury claim.
- Driving off the road: Pedestrians who are walking on the sidewalks or on the shoulders of the road are sitting ducks to cars that drive past them. Drivers who leave the road and strike a pedestrian are usually at fault and liable for the personal injury claim or wrongful death claim that results.
- Running stop signs or traffic lights: Many times pedestrians are injured when a driver runs a stop sign or traffic light. Pedestrians are vulnerable when drivers drive in an unpredictable or erratic manner or when they disobey the traffic lights or stop signs.
What are common defenses to pedestrian accidents?
- Jay walking: Many adjusters deny liability if the pedestrian was jay walking when they are struck by an automobile. Jay walking means that you are crossing the road in a location where there is no cross walk. You shouldn’t give up on your pedestrian accident claim even if the adjuster denies your claim. Instead you should call pedestrian accident attorney Richard Griffin so he can fully evaluate your claim.
- Darting into traffic: Pedestrians who dart out into traffic are often found to be the negligent party. For an injured pedestrian to have a personal injury claim, the driver must be the cause of the accident. Children often dart in to traffic when they are playing. This can create a possible defense to the pedestrian personal injury or pedestrian wrongful death claim
Pedestrian Accident Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- About 4,280 pedestrians are killed in auto accidents in the U.S. every year.
- About 70,000 pedestrians are injured in auto accidents in the U.S. every year.
- A pedestrian is killed every 2 hours in a traffic accident.
- A pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes in a traffic accident.
- Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than someone in an automobile.
Free Consultation and Free Settlement Evaluation: Attorney Richard Griffin will provide a free legal consultation if you call 877-529-7070 or 877-PAIN-LAW. We will also let you know what the likely settlement value of your pedestrian accident claim if you use the following: