A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) indicates that the number of pedestrian accident fatalities in the United States is at a 28-year high. In fact, pedestrian deaths have increased by 35% over the past decade. The majority of fatal pedestrian accidents occur after dark while crossing the street, especially in major cities where the population growth continues to increase.
Since pedestrians lack any protection from the forceful impact of an automobile, they are vulnerable to experiencing severe and life-threatening injuries. After an accident, a pedestrian’s long-term prognosis is dependent upon numerous factors, including the size of the vehicle, the speed at which the vehicle was traveling and the responsiveness of emergency medical personnel.
The most common pedestrian injuries resulting from car accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Abrasions and lacerations
Pedestrians also commonly suffer from both primary and secondary injuries. Primary injuries result directly from the initial accident. Secondary injuries occur as an indirect result of the accident. For example, if the impact of a car crash causes the victim to be thrown into a telephone pole, then any injuries suffered during that impact would be considered secondary injuries.
Recovering Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident
The majority of pedestrian accident victims will need extensive help rebuilding their lives. They may even suffer from permanent disabilities, resulting in a lifetime of care and rehabilitation. Therefore, injured pedestrians need an aggressive Hartford car accident lawyer on their side from the start.
An experienced attorney may be able to negotiate a significantly higher settlement with the insurance company to help you pay for:
- Past and present medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Long-term care
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Suffering From Pedestrian Injuries After a Car Accident? Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Hartford pedestrian accident, then it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Polinsky Law Group LLC, our Hartford car accident attorneys know that injured pedestrians need aggressive legal representation from the start.
Our law firm provides personal injury services to the people of Hartford and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (860) 253-2729 or fill out our confidential contact form for a free initial consultation and review of your case. If you have been injured as a pedestrian in a car accident, then we are ready to help you today!