Pedestrian-Car Accidents Can Cause Life-Changing Injuries
The recent death of a Tony-winning actress’ daughter reminds us that pedestrians are at risk of car accidents. And statistics suggest that the problem is far more widespread than many people realize. If you or a loved one has been struck by a car, contact a Brooklyn car accident attorney immediately.
A Tragedy in Park Slope
According to ABC News, at around 12:40 pm on March 5, 2018, the driver of a 2016 Volvo S60 ran a red light and struck two women and their daughters in an intersection in Park Slope, Brooklyn. After striking the pedestrians, the driver lost control of the car and collided with another vehicle before being taken to the hospital.
Unfortunately, the two children were killed in the collision. Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles was carrying her four-year-old child, while her friend pushed her one-year-old in a stroller. According to reports, the car dragged the stroller for over 300 feet. The two children and their mothers were rushed to the hospital, where the children were pronounced dead.
The tragic accident in Brooklyn is only one of many around the nation. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2015, for an average of one pedestrian death for each 1.6 hours. An additional 129,000 pedestrians were injured so that they needed treatment in an emergency room.
Pedestrian victims can face devastating injuries that require months of rehabilitation and rest. For example, you might suffer:
- Broken bones
- Road rash and lacerations
- Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
These injuries can take months to heal, and after a particularly serious accident may never heal. Instead, victims and their families face an uncertain future of continuing medical care and pain and suffering. For example, if you or a loved one is paralyzed in a crash, then you could spend over a million dollars to stabilize your condition and pay for future medical care. And these amounts do not factor in the amount of lost wages as paralyzed victims are unable to return to work.
Compensation Is Available
Drivers who strike pedestrians because of their negligence should pay their victims money to compensate them for their injuries. In a typical pedestrian-car accident, our clients have received money for:
- Past, present, and future medical care
- Past, present, and future lost wages or reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
The amount you can receive will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of your injuries and the amount of insurance the driver carried. Only an experienced auto accident lawyer can carefully analyze your situation and offer advice tailored to your circumstances.
Call a Brooklyn Car Accident Lawyer Today
Injured pedestrians and their families do not have to suffer in silence. At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, our Brooklyn attorneys will stand by your side throughout the entire process, fighting to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation, 718-865-3436, or send a message online.