Fatal Pedestrian Accident
The estimated total of pedestrian accidents is more than 4,000 deaths and more than 70,000 injuries every year. According to the CDC, these figures average out to one pedestrian injured every seven minutes. Even when auto/pedestrian accidents aren’t fatal, they can be debilitating, causing costly, life-changing injuries.
No one is more vulnerable in a traffic accident than a pedestrian. Pedestrian injuries often involve the head, legs, and arms. If a pedestrian is hit by a car, injuries are likely in the legs. If they are hit by a larger vehicle, pedestrian injuries are usually higher on the body. Pedestrians are at greater risk when it’s dark or near dusk and are more likely to be hit in cities, which have more foot traffic. Pedestrians also tend to be struck more by electric or hybrid cars, which have engines that are quieter. Indeed, pedestrian accidents are 37 percent more likely when they involve a hybrid vehicle or an electric vehicle as opposed to a gas-powered one.
Before saying anything else, we want you to know that our hearts go out to you, and your entire family in the midst of this profoundly painful and distressing situation. We can imagine that you are experiencing a wide range of conflicting emotions right now. We want you to know that we care deeply about your situation and are here to come alongside you in any way we can. However, we understand you not only need time to mourn, but also want to hold the negligent parties responsible.
The surviving family members can be compensated in several areas. Examples of these include:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future economic support
- Loss of future companionship, protection, comfort, and guidance
- Emotional pain and anguish of the survivors
Money will never replace a loved one. However, having financial security for the survivors and the fact that the responsible party can be brought to justice may provide a sense of closure to those left behind.