Bronx personal injury attorney Glenn A. Herman explained that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7,000 pedestrians were killed by cars and other vehicles nationwide in 2020, and another 104,000 non-fatal pedestrians presented to emergency rooms in 2020. The injuries of many who were not killed were likely to be quite serious, requiring extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. In this article, personal injury attorneys Glenn and Robin Herman explain the injuries to pedestrians caused by traffic accidents and how to seek compensation for them.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in New York City
Pedestrian accidents may involve a pedestrian and multiple vehicles, which may include cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters or motorcycles. While these accidents most commonly occur at intersections and crosswalks, they can also happen in parking lots and parking lots, or even on sidewalks if the vehicle loses control.
There are many factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents. Some of the most common include:
Speeding and aggressive driving: Drivers who are speeding or driving aggressively are more likely to hit pedestrians, especially if they are not paying attention to the road.
Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is also a danger to pedestrians. When drivers are not paying attention to the road, they are more likely to hit pedestrians.
Crossing without using a crosswalk: Pedestrians who try to cross outside a crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk are at greater risk of being hit by a car.
Drunkness: According to the CDC, “nearly half (46%) of all pedestrian fatalities in 2019 involved a driver and/or a pedestrian.” 13% of these deaths involved a blood alcohol concentration over 0.08 g/dL drivers within the legal limit, while 32% involved pedestrians whose BAC exceeded the legal limit.
Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian injuries in an accident can vary depending on the severity of the accident. Some of the most common injuries include:
Head Injury: A head injury is one of the most serious injuries a pedestrian can suffer in an accident. They range from concussions to traumatic brain injuries, and often require extensive treatment.
Neck and back injuries: Neck and back injuries are also common in pedestrian accidents. These can range from whiplash to a herniated disc, and are often quite painful.
Fractures and Fractures: Fractures are another common injury in pedestrian accidents. The most commonly broken bone is the leg, but arms and ribs can also be broken.
Soft tissue injuries: Soft tissue injuries, such as bruises, cuts, and abrasions, are also common in pedestrian accidents. While they may not be as serious as some of the other injuries on this list, they can still be quite painful and require medical attention.
Emotional trauma: Many pedestrians involved in accidents suffer from emotional trauma such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. This emotional trauma can be as debilitating as physical injury, negatively impacting the victim’s ability to work and complete other normal life activities, and often requires therapy or counseling to resolve.
What to do if you are injured in a pedestrian accident
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you through the legal process, protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.
About Bronx Personal Injury Attorney Glenn A. Herman
Our Bronx personal injury attorney, Glenn A. Herman, takes the time during our initial meeting to understand all aspects of your case in order to properly assess the full extent of the damages you or your loved ones have suffered. For over 30 years, we have represented seriously injured New Yorkers. Born, raised and living in this city, we know that when you are injured in this city, you need a lawyer who can protect your rights and explain the law to you in a way that you can understand.
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