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Pedestrians Hit by Vehicles

Walking is good for your health but is not always safe. Pedestrians are often seriously or fatally injured when hit by a car, truck or other vehicles. If you were hit by a vehicle when walking, call Brodhead Law as soon as possible. Our Atlanta lawyers are committed to pursuing the maximum compensation in cases of pedestrian accidents.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you. This allows our clients access to the legal system and justice for the injuries they have sustained.
  • We have a comprehensive understanding of how to handle pedestrian accident claims, and we will craft legal strategies to fight for the best outcome in your case.
  • Our personal injury lawyers have more than 20 years of experience and a successful track record, recovering millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

As stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2017
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes
  • In 2016, only 18% of pedestrian fatalities occurred at intersections
  • 75% of pedestrian deaths occurred in the dark and 22% occurred in daylight
  • More than two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities were male
  • 13% of drivers (782) involved in fatal pedestrian collisions had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher
  • 95% of pedestrian fatalities resulted from accidents involving a single motor vehicle
  • 84.2% of the pedestrians who died were struck by the front of a vehicle

How Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?

Most accidents in which pedestrians are hit by a vehicle are caused by driver negligence.

  • Distracted or inattentive driving is a leading cause of pedestrian accidents
  • Aggressive driving is also a leading cause, particularly in larger cities, where drivers are more likely to speed, violate traffic signals and signs, make unlawful turns, and display road rage
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs puts pedestrians at greater risk
  • Many pedestrians are hit by vehicles when drivers are turning left, turning right, backing up, or making a U-turn

Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians are completely unprotected and vulnerable to serious injuries when hit by a 4,000 lb. motor vehicle. Injuries commonly sustained in pedestrian accidents include:

  • Head trauma: Being hit by a car can cause severe traumatic brain injury with life-altering consequences for the victim
  • Internal injuries: Fractured ribs and internal bleeding are common in pedestrian accidents
  • Pelvic injuries: Pedestrians hit by vehicles may sustain serious pelvic fractures or injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries: If the spinal cord is injured in a pedestrian collision, it can result in partial or complete paralysis below the level of the injury
  • Bone fractures: Broken bones are among the most common injuries suffered by pedestrians hit by a vehicle
  • Lacerations: A deep cut or tear of the skin caused by a collision with a car can be painful and disfiguring
  • Wrongful death: In the worst cases, pedestrians hit by a vehicle suffer fatal injuries

Contact Brodhead Law, LLC

If you have been hit by a vehicle and injured as a pedestrian, you may have a right to compensation for your damages. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Brodhead Law can assess the full extent of your losses and aggressively pursue the recovery you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.