Indianapolis Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
All car accidents have the potential to result in serious injuries. Collisions between motorists and pedestrians, however, tend to have particularly devastating results. Sadly, these types of accidents occur much more often than most people realize. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 137,000 pedestrians were injured in collisions with vehicles in 2017 alone. Tragically, 5,977 of those individuals lost their lives as a result of their injuries.
The injuries sustained by pedestrians who are involved in collisions with motorists are almost always severe and often qualify as catastrophic, forcing victims to undergo painful treatment and rehabilitation, while still leaving them to suffer with chronic pain and disability. Fortunately, it is possible to recover compensation for accident-related medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, so if you were recently involved in a collision with a motorist, it is important to speak with an experienced Indianapolis pedestrian accident lawyer who can walk you through your legal options.
Pedestrian Accident Causes
Pedestrian accidents occur for a number of reasons, including a lack of designated pedestrian walkways and excessive speed limits. Most collisions between pedestrians and motorists, however, can be attributed to:
- Distracted driving;
- Driver or pedestrian intoxication;
- Improper lane use;
- Unmarked crosswalks;
- Driver confusion;
- Illegal turns; and
- Aggressive driving.
Regardless of who was at fault in a specific motorist-pedestrian collision, it is the pedestrian who almost always sustains the more traumatic injuries. Certain injuries are particularly common amongst these individuals, including head trauma, broken or fractured bones, amputations, lacerations, and spinal cord damage. Fortunately, injured pedestrians can often receive compensation for the cost of treating these types of catastrophic injuries, as well as reimbursement for lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
In order to recover compensation for pedestrian accident-related financial losses, injured pedestrians must be able to prove that a motorist was negligent, which could require the submission of evidence, such as:
- Traffic camera recordings of the accident;
- Photographs from the scene of the accident;
- The police report created after the accident;
- Eyewitness testimony; and
- Expert testimony from an accident reconstruction specialist.
Once fault for an accident has been established, an injured pedestrian will still need to provide proof of the injuries he or she sustained in the crash. This can often be achieved through the submission of treatment records, medical bills, photographs of the injuries, and the testimony of a medical expert. Collecting this evidence can be difficult, so if you were injured in an accident, you should speak with an attorney who can begin helping you investigate your claim and build your case.
Contact an Experienced Indianapolis Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
To learn more about your own recovery options following a pedestrian accident, please call our office at 317-455-4043 to set up an initial consultation with one of the dedicated pedestrian accident lawyers at Keffer Hirschauer LLP today. You can also reach a member of our legal team by filling out one of our online forms with your case details.