New Yorkers will often shun driving and taking public transportation to walk. In some instances, they will exercise by jogging on the city streets. While these are beneficial methods of transportation and exercise, there is also a certain amount of danger in the city. Since there are so many vehicles on the road and many are in a rush, it is inevitable that pedestrian accidents will happen. Since pedestrians are so vulnerable, there can be major injuries and fatalities after these incidents. Having legal assistance is often the only strategy to recover sufficient compensation after a pedestrian accident.
In today’s world, the dangers on the road are exacerbated by the number of distractions available to drivers. If, for example, a driver is looking at his or her smartphone for whatever reason, it can be easy to ignore a crosswalk, miss a stop sign, go through a red light, or fail to yield to a pedestrian when turning. This can result in a pedestrian being hit by a car. Other factors that can lead to pedestrian accidents are recklessness, driving under the influence, and simply not paying attention to the road without a distraction as an excuse.
After a pedestrian accident, it is likely that the victim will need to be taken to a hospital for treatment. There can be head trauma, back injuries, broken bones, lacerations and internal injuries. This can make it necessary to have a long hospital stay, be taken for surgery, need rehabilitative care, have issues returning to work or contributing to a family. This can cause massive medical and personal costs and major life problems.
In a worst-case scenario, a pedestrian accident can turn fatal. The family left behind will need to accept that their loved one was killed by being hit by a car. There will be funeral costs and the litany of issues that accompany an unexpected death. Having legal assistance is integral to a case as the investigation is often the key to a successful lawsuit. Contacting a lawyer who is experienced in pedestrian knockdowns is the first step toward litigation.