Pedestrian accidents include incidents where individuals are hit by motor vehicles or are harmed by improper walkway conditions. Reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimate that around 5,000 pedestrians die in motor vehicle related accidents every year- over 78,000 pedestrians suffer from severe injuries due to these accidents.
The number of pedestrian accidents that occur each year are staggering. Last year alone there were 1,035 reported accidents with pedestrians in Kentucky, and 351 in Louisville alone. These accidents lead to 891 total injuries, as well as 47 that involved fatalities.
What to Know if You’re a Pedestrian Accident Victim
Pedestrian accidents are affected by a number of factors including comparative negligence, extent of injuries, required care after the accident and the work-related impact of the injury. Whether a motor vehicle or a defect in walkway construction leads to an accident or injury, a pedestrian may be able to recover damages for the injuries suffered if it is concluded that another’s negligence led to the incident.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, there are certain measures you can take to protect yourself and your rights to compensation. These measures should be taken as soon as possible after the accident occurs and include:
- Writing down a list of all injuries resulting from the event
- Photographing injuries and any evidence of negligence, such as cracks in the sidewalk
- Collecting information from the driver if the incident involves a motor vehicle
- Notify those negligent that you feel they are responsible for your injuries
- Contact an attorney that specializes in pedestrian accidents
If you have been a victim of a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation not only for physical damages associated with the accident, but also for any mental stress endured as a result of the incident. The best way to ensure you receive all the compensation you are entitled to as a result of your pedestrian accident is to immediately contact an attorney to help you with your case.
Finding a Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Kentucky
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible if you want to receive any compensation for your injuries.
Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC has been serving the Louisville, Kentucky area for over a decade–specializing in motor vehicle accidents, personal injury claims, and medical malpractice. The attorneys at Meinhart, Smith & Manning will work hard to collect all the money you deserve for losses and injuries caused by your pedestrian accident.