Posted on January 2, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team
You are on your way home to your city apartment from a late evening event. The city is still alive, but the hustle and bustle of the day has mostly died down, and the meager streams of cars on the road are in stark contrast to the angry horn blowing and standstill traffic of the afternoon. At the intersection, you wait for the light to flash to “WALK.” When it does, you take a step into the street and start to cross. As you walk, from the corner of your eye, you see a car turn a corner speedily, and before you know it, you hear a loud screech, feel the excruciating impact of something hauling your body off the ground, and into the air and everything goes black. You have just become one of the 64,000 pedestrians to be injured in motor vehicle accidents every year. Meanwhile another 5,000 are killed per year.
Pedestrian deaths come second only to vehicle passenger deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 11 percent of motor vehicle fatalities are pedestrians. In just 30 years, in a period between 1975 and 2005, 180,000 pedestrians were killed in accidents that could have been avoided. A pedestrian is harmed in a traffic accident about every 8 minutes, and one dies in a traffic accident every 110 minutes.
Pedestrian deaths most commonly occur in urban areas because of the higher concentration of vehicles and traffic in those areas. There is also a higher concentration of people and more pedestrian activity in the cities than in rural areas. The National Safety Council estimates that about 85.7 percent of non-fatal accidents take place in urban areas, while only 14.3 percent take place in rural areas. A discriminate two-thirds of accident fatalities take place in the city.
Why or how do pedestrian accidents happen? Although auto accidents involving innocent pedestrians tend to happen at street intersections, most accidents actually take place in other areas on the road where drivers are more likely to be speeding without any expectation of having to stop. When a driver is speeding, he is less likely to take notice of a pedestrian, and is definitely much less likely to stop their vehicle in time to avoid hitting one. Another factor of pedestrian-auto accidents is negligence. If a driver simply does not follow traffic rules, or is not driving attentively, he could easily miss a changing light, a stop sign, or a speed limit sign. Some drivers are preoccupied and distracted by some activity in the car; whether it is cell phone usage or a long awaited meal, a driver may not have his or her full attention on the task of driving. This may lead to many possibilities, some fatal, that could have been avoided. Lighting can also be a factor. Statistics show that the great majority of fatal pedestrian accidents happen on the weekend in the evenings.
The injuries that a motor vehicle can give a person’s relatively delicate body are countless. Some possible injuries include damage to the brain and spine and can include bone fractures, loss of consciousness and coma, paraplegia and quadriplegia. Blows to the body, and subsequent injuries, could be delivered by direct contact with the vehicle (in most cases), contact with the ground, and/or contact with objects in the vicinity.
If you are filing a lawsuit for a pedestrian injury case, you can get lawsuit funding to help you with the needs you have right now. While you wait for your case to be settled in the near future, your needs are still quite current. A settlement funding will give you the cash needed to cover the cost of hospital bills or medical treatment and to continue to manage the necessary expenses of your daily life. This kind of lawsuit cash advance is called is non-recourse – meaning, even if your lawsuit loses, you do not have to pay it back. If you are the pedestrian victim in an auto accident, life can seem rash and unfair as you face your mountain-high pile of new challenges, but help is here to help you as you tackle the climb.