It’s easy to see that in an accident between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, the pedestrian will almost always be the one who suffers the most severe injuries. Pedestrian accidents can be traumatic to the victim, as well as their families and loved ones.
If you are a pedestrian who was injured by a motor vehicle in Johnson City, you should speak to a pedestrian accident attorney about your accident as soon as you can. It’s important that you understand your rights following a pedestrian accident, as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
The Johnson City pedestrian accident attorneys at The Terry Law Firm are ready to help. Brack Terry and his legal team will make sure you understand all of your legal options. They will explain that, in most instances, pedestrian accidents are the fault of the driver or the cyclist.
In Johnson City, pedestrians are afforded certain protections under the law. For example, drivers and bicyclists must yield to people who are crossing the street in either a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Pedestrians also have the right of way in parking lots and driveways. Accidents occur when motorists fail to give the right of way, which can cause serious injuries to unsuspecting pedestrians.
The Terry Law Firm also understands that quality legal representation involves kindness and compassion. They will guide you through all phases of your pedestrian injury claim, so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back on track.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle or a bicycle, call The Terry Law Firm now to discuss your case for free. Calls will be answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you prefer, you can send us an email or chat with an attorney online.
Common Locations for Pedestrian Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 6,283 pedestrian fatalities in a single recent year, the highest level seen in over 30 years. That number increased from 5,977 fatalities the year before.
Pedestrian accidents most commonly occur in urban areas, as opposed to rural areas. However, even though pedestrian accidents are more common in cities, a pedestrian crash that occurs in the country is more likely to result in a fatality. This is because rural pedestrian accidents usually involve vehicles that are traveling at a high rate of speed in poorly lit areas.
Furthermore, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, pedestrian injury crashes are more likely to occur at non-intersection locations, rather than at intersections. Additionally, a pedestrian is more likely to be killed at a non-intersection location.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian accidents often cause severe and life-threatening injuries to the pedestrian. The average motor vehicle weighs over two tons, and can cause serious injuries to the unprotected human body, even if traveling at low speeds. Thousands of pedestrians are killed every year in pedestrian accidents.
Some examples of common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Fractured ribs and bones
- Head trauma / concussion
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severed spinal cord
- Sprain and strain injuries to the neck and back
- Internal derangement syndrome of the knees and shoulders
- Internal swelling, bleeding, and organ injuries
- Crush-type injuries to the limbs requiring amputation
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, our attorneys will work to hold the party at fault responsible on your behalf. We are prepared to work tirelessly to ensure that you recover the compensation you deserve. This may include payment of your medical expenses and lost wages, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering you endured.
Don’t let careless drivers get away with harm they caused to you and your family. Contact the team of pedestrian accident attorneys at The Terry Law Firm now to discuss your pedestrian accident injury case.
What to Do If You Were Hit By a Car While Walking
The first moments after a pedestrian accident can be confusing. In fact, it may take a while until you are able to comprehend what has happened.
If you were hit by a car while walking, the first thing you should do is to remove yourself from an unsafe situation. If you are in the street, move to the sidewalk. Next, call 911 as soon as you can, or ask a bystander to call for you.
Even if you believe that you are not seriously injured, you should not leave the scene of the accident. Wait for the police to arrive so that they can record your version of the accident. This information may be crucial if the driver of the motor vehicle flees the scene of the accident.
While you are waiting for the police to arrive, you should attempt to find eyewitnesses to the accident. If you are able to locate an eyewitness, ask them to stay to give a statement to the police as well.
You should also take photographs of the accident scene if you are able. These photographs may be useful in proving the fault of the driver later in your personal injury claim.
Do not speak to the driver or occupants of the motor vehicle that struck you, except to obtain insurance information. Any statement you give to them will be used later against you as an admission of fault.
Go to the emergency room and seek medical treatment. You may have internal injuries or head trauma that may not manifest immediately after the accident.
You should then speak to a pedestrian injury accident lawyer as soon as possible following the accident.
Contact the Johnson City Personal Injury Attorneys at The Terry Law Firm for More Information About Your Pedestrian Accident Claim
It may feel as if your life has been turned upside down after your pedestrian injury accident. Let the attorneys at the Terry Law Firm help you put your life back together. We can handle all aspects of your accident claim and lawsuit so you can focus on your recovery.
Contact The Terry Law Firm now. The initial consultation is free. Also, you will not owe us any legal fees unless and until we recover money for you.