Pedestrian accidents are often far more devastating than automobile accidents. Along with the physical injuries, the mental and emotional trauma associated with the accident can be crippling and last a lifetime. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you need to contact an attorney immediately to make sure rights are protected.
Pedestrian Accidents are More Common than You Think
In the United States, a pedestrian is involved in an accident every two hours. In over 20% of pedestrian accidents, the person injured is over the age of 65 and is one and a half times more likely to die as a result of their injuries. Just short of 50% of all pedestrian/vehicle accidents involve alcohol. The statistics show that the risk of a pedestrian/vehicle accident is higher than many people believe.
Possible Injuries Associated with Pedestrian Accidents
Because pedestrians are primarily exposed with no protective “vehicle” or guard around them, they are subject to more extensive injuries than a person in an automobile. A few of the most common injuries include:
- Bone dislocation
- Cosmetic injuries and disfigurement
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Cuts, lacerations and contusions
- Severe head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Emotional injuries
Depending on the severity of the accident, the injuries can range from very mild to life threatening or even death. You can lose time from work, your range of motion may be limited and you may have a long recovery time. You can even lose your ability to work. A traumatic brain injury can rob you of your ability to remember, concentrate, read, execute, follow through, multitask and generally do the things that earn income.
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you need to keep a detailed record of how much time you lost from work as well as have a copy of all your medical records to present to your attorney.
How Do You Get Compensation?
Time is of the essence after a pedestrian accident. If your claim is against a government entity you only have six months from the date of the incident to file it. If it is against any other party, you have two years. You must have all of the information you need to support your lawsuit. The best way to handle a pedestrian accident case is to talk to an attorney who understands the intricacies of this type of case. The compensation you may receive will depend on how your injuries affected your physical well-being and your livelihood. You need to hire an attorney who puts your best interests first and makes you a priority.
Attorney Josh Cohen
Contact Attorney Josh Cohen and his legal team today to find out what you need to do in your case. A pedestrian accident can have life-long consequences. By talking to a qualified attorney who specializes in pedestrian accidents, you will be able to weigh all of your options and know what your next steps should be. Don’t delay! Every second you wait can instead be leveraged to build your case.