In 2013, 66,000 pedestrians were injured and more than 4,700 were killed in traffic accidents, according to recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs cause a significant number of pedestrian injuries and deaths. And with distracted drivers everywhere using cell phones to talk and text, pedestrians are at risk of death or injury everywhere, from busy city streets to rural roads. Drivers of cars, trucks, motorcycles, even bicycle riders, often fail to see pedestrians—even when they are in the middle of a crosswalk—with devastating consequences. Children and persons over 65 are especially at risk and police officers on routine traffic stops are vulnerable to being hit by drivers who are not paying attention.
If you have been seriously injured as a pedestrian as a result of the negligent or reckless conduct of another person, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Burg Simpson has helped pedestrians recover needed compensation for brain injuries, broken / fractured bones, spine and spinal cord injuries, and other serious physical, mental, and emotional injuries. When wrongful death occurs, Burg Simpson’s lawyers helps families recover from the devastating loss of their loved one.
Motor vehicle accidents are not the only cause of pedestrian injuries. Injuries to a pedestrian can also occur when a person is injured by slip and fall, tripping, or other dangerous, injury-causing hazards present in parking lots or on sidewalks.
And injured pedestrian may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party or their insurance company for:
- Economic Losses, including past and future medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and out-of-pocket costs
- Non-Economic Losses, including pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental and emotional distress, inconvenience
- Permanent impairment and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium by an affected spouse
The families of a pedestrian killed by the negligence of a driver may be able to recover economic damages (e.g., wages and other income the deceased would have earned, emergency and hospital care, funeral and burial expenses) and non-economic damages (loss of comfort, care, affection, love, companionship suffered by the survivors of the deceased).
In some circumstances, such as when a driver is impaired, using a cell phone, or speeding, a jury may be able to award punitive damages to the injured pedestrian. Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer. Sometimes a company that employs a driver can be held responsible for damages, including punitive damages, when the company fails to properly hire, train, or supervise their drivers, or entrusts a driver to drive its vehicles, knowing the driver is a danger to the public.
The experienced wrongful death lawyers at Burg Simpson can discuss with you your specific case and help you understand your claims and your potential damages.
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Time is running on your claim. It can be an emotional and confusing time for you and your loved ones. Insurance companies may be calling. You need strong representation on your side. Burg Simpson is dedicated to helping injured pedestrians seek compensation after an accident caused by the fault, negligence, and recklessness of another. Our experienced lawyers have helped thousands of persons suffering from serious personal injuries rebuild their lives. We have the experience and resources to help injury victims navigate the many legal issues that surround pedestrian accidents, including accident and medical investigation, insurance claims, settlement negotiations, and litigating in court against persons and companies who won’t take responsibility.