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January 02, 2022

Why Pedestrians Are Vulnerable to Being Hit By Car Drivers

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As a pedestrian who probably just wants to go about their day without hindrances, you may have found yourself knocked to the ground from a car driver. When getting around on two feet, there is no additional protection to safeguard the human body from the brunt force of a car exterior. Despite the benefits of walking, pedestrians are vulnerable to being clipped by a reckless or distracted driver.

Common Accident Injuries

Pedestrians are at a disadvantage when in an accident with a vehicle. Car manufacturers have been improving features of safety on their cars by developing safer airbags, seat belts, and automatic crash avoidance systems. By comparison, a pedestrian is completely unprotected and is likely to sustain injuries such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Extremity damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Torn ligaments
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Mental trauma

Pedestrian Accident Liability

When there is an accident between a car driver and pedestrian, the question of liability will need to be answered. A driver must yield to the right-of-way of any person crossing within an unmarked or marked crosswalk or intersection. The injured person may choose to seek compensation from the at-fault driver for medical bills, loss of wages, and other types of damages. 

Unfortunately, not all drivers on the roadway operate their vehicle in a safe manner. As a Personal injury lawyer, like one at Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC, would agree with, in the event of a pedestrian accident victims may want to consider taking legal action as a way to ensure their health and recovery.

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