Posted: March 16, 2020
In 2018, the latest year for which full statistics are available, there were 857 bicyclists killed in traffic accidents. That same year, 6,283 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles. Countless others, both cyclists and pedestrians, suffered serious, debilitating, and lasting injuries in crashes with cars, trucks, SUVs, and other motor vehicles.
2018 was no different than any other year. Hundreds of bicyclists and thousands of pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents every year. Thousands more are seriously injured. If you or someone you love has been among them, you may have cause to file suit.
An Issue of Liability
When a pedestrian or cyclist is hit by a vehicle, injury is likely. The size and weight differential between a motor vehicle and the human body are significant, and the impact can easily result in injuries such as:
- Fractured and broken bones
- Head, neck, and back injury
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal organ damage
Injuries like these can have a lasting impact on a victim’s physical and emotional comfort. They can also result in extensive medical bills, an inability to work, the need for adaptive technologies like wheelchairs, and other issues that can quickly drain financial resources. Through swift legal action, you may be able to seek compensation for all of the damages related to your accident, providing a much larger settlement than would have been possible through insurance alone.
If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for end of life expenses, lost income, emotional duress, and other damages. As with a personal injury lawsuit, the success of a wrongful death suit requires determining liability. The attorneys at our Illinois and St. Louis offices understand the complexities of these cases. We are here to protect your family’s best interests while helping you navigate through this time.
Contact Brown & Brown
If you or someone you love has been involved in a bicycle or pedestrian accident in the Greater St. Louis area, please call Brown & Brown at 314-333-3333 or 618-888-8888 to schedule a complimentary consultation and learn more.