The roadways and walking paths are meant to be shared with everyone, including joggers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, walkers, and vehicles. With the increasing number of people that are using the roadways each day, it is important to pay attention and strive to travel safely, no matter the mode of transportation.
Pedestrians are often the victims in catastrophic accidents involving motor vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic safety Administration, approximately 4,500 pedestrians are killed annually in pedestrian/auto accidents. It is estimated that 15% of all traffic fatalities are due to pedestrian accidents. This brings two questions to the surface. First, what are the most common injuries and second, who is responsible?
First, pedestrians are completely vulnerable and have no protections against a vehicle; the injuries sustained are often far more severe than the typical car accident victim. This can result in devastating medical conditions, long recovery times, and excessive debt from medical bills. The most common injuries sustained in an auto-pedestrian accident are broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Always seek medical attention immediately after an accident to reduce the risk of causing more damage.
Second, pedestrians do have the reasonability of walking where they are legally allowed and making the use of safety mechanisms like sidewalks and crosswalks, but drivers are also charged with looking out for pedestrians and driving responsibly. Determining who is responsible depends on each individual case. An experienced Lebanon personal injury attorney can help investigate your case and determine who was at fault. At Henry & Beaver, LLP, we have the knowledge to help you prove your case by examining the incident and showing the pain and suffering caused by the injuries sustained.
The Lebanon personal injury attorneys at Henry & Beaver, LLP are ready and available to discuss your case and provide answers to your questions. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation. Call: 717-274-3644