The common view is that pedestrian accidents are most often caused by drivers who are distracted or otherwise driving irresponsibly. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that distracted driving plays a role in over 10 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents every year, along with thousands of serious injuries. But drivers do not carry all of the blame.
Pedestrian accidents have increased over the past four years. Particularly in large metropolitan areas such as New York where pedestrian accidents make up 51% of all traffic accidents annually, this increase is incredibly troubling. While these numbers are certainly influenced by a larger walking population, much of the increase in accidents can be traced back to distracted pedestrians stepping in front of vehicles. As it turns out, texting, checking emails, and other forms of electronic distraction are not just dangerous driving behaviors, but dangerous behaviors when performing other tasks in general.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted pedestrian, please contact The Cochran Firm online or by calling (800) 843-3476 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.
Drivers Injured by Pedestrians?
While it may sound peculiar, drivers can and often do sustain injury when involved in accidents with pedestrians. While not often as serious or catastrophic as those sustained in other types of auto accidents, these injuries can result in medical expenses, lost wages, and other economic and noneconomic damages. However, getting compensation for these injuries is often an uphill battle.
Unlike drivers, pedestrians are not required to carry liability insurance, and finding a source of compensation may be very difficult. You need an experienced attorney on your side immediately following your accident to help ensure you are treated fairly and provided the full compensation you deserve.
The auto accident attorneys at The Cochran Firm understand the complexities of these cases. We have the resources and tenacity required to build your case and help you secure every penny you are due.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys, please contact us today. We maintain offices throughout the country to better serve victims of injury in all parts of the nation.