Following a car versus pedestrian accident, pedestrians will likely be suffering from serious injuries, particularly considering the fact that cars only have to be going at very slow speeds to cause devastating physical damage to a person who has no protection from an impact. Common types of pedestrian injuries that can be sustained in car accidents include (but are not limited to):
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruising
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of limbs
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Traumatic brain injury, which ranges from minor concussions to severe brain injuries that can result in vegetative states
When Negligence Causes Pedestrian Injuries
Although car accidents that cause these pedestrian injuries may be caused by unforeseeable or unpreventable events, such as poor weather conditions or animals in the roadways. These accidents are the result of some error or negligence committed by another driver, a vehicle equipment manufacturer and/or an entity responsible for keeping the roadways safe.
Specific examples of such negligence can include (but are not limited to):
- Unsafe roadway conditions, such as poor street lighting at night, lack of reflectors on crosswalks, malfunctioning signals at intersections, and/or lack of signage or fading paint associated with crosswalks
- Vehicle equipment failures, particularly brake system failures
- Driver negligence, such as drivers not paying attention to the road, falling asleep at the wheel or having slowed reaction times due to alcohol or drug impairment
Should any of these factors play a role in causing pedestrian injuries, it will be crucial that victims consult with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as their health has stabilized to learn more about their rights and potentially get a car accident lawsuit started.
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