One of the most vulnerable potential victims in vehicle crashes are pedestrians. There is nothing between them and the vehicle that is aiming right at them and, depending on the circumstances of the accident, pedestrian accident injuries can be catastrophic.
There are more than 150,000 pedestrian victims in this country each year. The number of fatalities has shown a marked increase over the past few years. Although there are victims who suffer minor injuries after being hit by a vehicle, there is a high number of victims whose recovery takes months or years. Many of them suffer life-long pain and disability from their injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Some of the most common injuries to pedestrians include fractures and head injuries. Pedestrians are also at a higher risk of being killed in a crash. One study found there were certain patterns of injuries that many pedestrians sustained. The research found that at least half of victims suffered injuries to their lower extremities. About 40 percent of pedestrian accident victims sustained injuries to their face, head, or neck. And 30 percent received injuries to their upper extremities. Many of the victims in the study had suffered multiple injuries.
Filing an Accident Claim
Pedestrians who have been injured after being hit by a vehicle are entitled to file damages just like other car accident victims do. A victim can seek compensation for all the medical expenses their injuries have cost, such as emergency room treatment, surgeries, hospital stays, doctors’ visits, therapy, medical equipment or devices, medications, and travel expenses for medical treatment.
Many accident victims are unable to work while they are recovering from their injuries and lose income. A victim is entitled to recoup not only the amount they lost in income, but also be reimbursed for benefits they may have used while unable to work, such as vacation time, sick time, or personal time.
In addition to these economic damages, accident victims can also seek damages for the pain they endured from their injuries, the loss of enjoyment in their daily life, and emotional anguish. A North Carolina pedestrian accident attorney can explain other damages you may be able to seek in your injury claim.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact one of our North Carolina personal injury attorneys to discuss what legal recourse you may have.