One person loses his or her life on the streets of America every 109 minutes. In 2012, more than 33, 500 people were killed in traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic accidents can result from various causes including drunk drivers, loss of vehicle control, failure to follow the rules of the road, carelessness, malfunctioning traffic lights and poor visibility.
Tragic accidents take place despite the caution that is usually exercised by those on the road with moving vehicles. The law permits the injured or bereaved party to recover damages and losses from the one who caused the accident. These entitlements include but are not limited to funeral expenses, lost wages and medical bills.
Depending on the strength of the impact, the victim of a pedestrian vehicle accident may be killed outright or suffer debilitating injuries for the rest of his or her life, including traumatic brain injuries, partial or total paralysis, loss of one or more limbs and burns. Serious injuries such as these will incur huge medical expenses during the recovery process. Depending on the injury, these expenses may be for life. A paralyzed person, for example, may lose motion in a single limb or be a paraplegic (paralyzed from the waist down) or a quadriplegic (paralyzed from the neck down). In both of these cases, the person will need medical equipment including a wheelchair to help him or her continue living a full and healthy life. Ongoing medical treatment, physical therapy and rehabilitation may also be needed.
A person who is injured in a pedestrian accident or who has had a loved one injured or killed in a pedestrian accident should contact Fountain Valley Pedestrian Lawyers for help with receiving the deserved compensation. Often, the injured party will try to handle the situation alone. Such victims often suffer devastating losses from trying to battle insurance companies and opposing lawsuits without the help of an experienced Fountain Valley Pedestrian Accident Lawyer.
The insurance company for the motorist will usually attempt to pay the lowest possible amount to the injured party and will often try to bait or coerce the individual to sign a release statement before the claim has been satisfactorily solved or to accept an inadequate settlement. Often, the true extent of a person’s injuries cannot be known until after corrective surgery has taken place.
Do not hesitate to contact Fountain Valley Pedestrian Accident Lawyers immediately if you or your loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident. Delaying the process may cause you to lose your opportunity for damage recovery. Fountain Valley Pedestrian Accident Lawyers are committed to obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled and can help you navigate the murky waters of the law to get it.