Fighting for victims of pedestrian accidents
Pedestrian accidents are fairly common. Although it’s not something we give much thought to, every time we’re out on a leisurely stroll or casually taking our bicycle for a ride, we run the risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. Simply heading to your car after leaving a shopping mall can potentially place you in harm’s way of a careless driver. Truth be told, we tend to assume that drivers are paying attention to pedestrians, and that they’ll take all necessary precautions to avoid injuring them.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Being struck by a motor vehicle, not surprisingly, can cause devastating injuries and quite possibly be fatal. If you or a loved one have fallen victim to a pedestrian accident, it is crucial that you retain an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines will aggressively pursue the maximum compensation to which you’re entitled.
Should you be under the impression that pedestrian accidents are unlikely, the following statistics will undoubtedly cause you to reconsider. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2011 saw roughly 69,000 pedestrian injuries, with an additional 4,432 fatalities. A closer look at annual figures illustrates an increase in pedestrian accidents year over year. The numbers are frightening.
Due to the sheer force and weight of a motor vehicle, an individual will likely experience tremendous bodily harm, oftentimes permanent and perhaps fatal, if he or she is struck. Potential resulting injuries include:
- Brain or spinal damage
- Trauma to internal organs, and
- Broken bones, to name a few.
Dependent upon the speed of the vehicle prior to the collision, it is not rare for a person to experience the initial impact from the bumper, and be catapulted onto the hood or roof of the car. Such multi-impact collisions can inflict severe injuries to multiple areas of the body. Injury sustained from a pedestrian accident can be life-altering, and can render an individual unable to return to work. At a time in which recovery should be your primary focus, you’re undoubtedly feeling the overwhelming stress associated with mounting medical bills. Allow The Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines to intervene and alleviate some of your hardship. We strongly believe in your right to secure the fullest compensation to which you’re entitled, and will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive it.
Negligent Drivers Can Cause Serious Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are generally the result of a careless, reckless or inattentive driver. Examples of negligent behavior leading to an accident are:
- Driving while texting
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving aggressively (tailgating, improper passing, excessive lane changing)
- Failing to follow traffic laws and traffic signals
All of the aforementioned actions clearly show that the driver was at fault, and should in turn be held accountable for the consequences.
Contact the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines Today
If you or a loved one had the misfortune of being the victim of a negligent driver, we can help. You deserve to be compensated for your pain, mounting medical bills, lost wages and more. The Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines will build a strong case to obtain restitution for all of your losses. We urge you to contact our firm to schedule a complimentary consultation as soon as possible. If you’re unable to come to us, we will be more than happy to come to you. Please call us at (770) 941-0913 today.