Pedestrian accidents can be disastrous for victims who are vulnerable to careless and negligent drivers on the roadways.

Pedestrians can suffer extensive physical, financial and emotional damages when they are unexpectedly struck by a negligent driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, each year nearly 5,000 pedestrian victims are killed in accidents with motor vehicles and an additional estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents with motor vehicles during 2012. Drivers who cause accidents that injure pedestrians may be liable to compensate the pedestrian victims they harm through a personal injury claim for damages. Based on their liability, negligent drivers may be responsible for the victim’s medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering.

There are a variety of ways a driver may be considered negligent and some examples include drivers who drive while distracted; drivers who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs; drivers who disregard weather or traffic conditions; drivers who disobey traffic signs or signals; drivers who fail to signal when turning; drivers who are speeding; and drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Injuries to pedestrians involved in car accidents can be extensive which is why victims may need help with the damages they suffer.

A personal injury claim for damages helps pedestrian accident victims with the unexpected challenges they face after they have been injured in a pedestrian versus car accident. The victim’s life may change in an instant and legal resources and remedies are at the ready to help them through those changes and to help them get the support they need.

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