The dynamics of a large motor vehicle striking a pedestrian are relatively straightforward. Individuals not protected by a steel enclosure are more likely to suffer life-changing and potentially life-ending injuries.
Various factors play a role. The driver was driving not defensively but recklessly. The advent of smart devices and cutting-edge car technology can also create split-second distractions that result in a catastrophe.
Other scenarios include:
- Drivers speeding
- Either driver or pedestrian failing to yield the right of way
- Drunk driving
- Driving while severely fatigued
- A pedestrian jaywalking or failing to look both ways
- Weather conditions that impair visibility
- Motor vehicle defects
- Defective motor vehicle
- Poor road design and maintenance
The fault is not exclusive to pedestrians or drivers. Multiple people and entities can find themselves defendants in a personal injury lawsuit. From those who played a role in constructing the road to employers providing problematic company cars, many parties can be held accountable for tragic outcomes that could have been prevented.
Demographics reveal that the most likely adult pedestrian struck by a car are those over 65, accounting for 20 percent of pedestrian accident fatalities. Conversely, children younger than five top the list at 20.4 percent of pedestrian collision deaths.
Pedestrians and drivers who survive a collision suffer injuries that range from scrapes and bruises to traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Equally tragic outcomes involve internal organ damage, amputation, and death.
Accident victims and their family members should first focus on recovery. In addition, help from a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney can help the healing process by securing much-needed justice following a horrific event caused by negligence.