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A pedestrian would fall under the description of a person of any age walking, standing, sitting, jogging or running. In the USA every 2 hours a pedestrian is killed and every 8 minutes a pedestrian is injured. Since most pedestrian fatalities occur in 'clear' weather, a pedestrian crossing a street should never assume an on-coming car or vehicle can see them (especially with cell phone/texting distractions being on the rise). The pedestrian injuries are many times catastrophic because of the lack of protection from the result of frequently heavy impact from a multiple ton vehicle. Shocking statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported the following:
  • 80% of Pedestrian deaths took place in non-intersection zones, 90% of these fatalities happened during clear weather.
  • 48% of pedestrian fatalities occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between the times of 4pm - 4am.
  • The total cost of pedestrian deaths and injuries that involve children of the age of 14 years old and younger is now 5.2 billion dollars per year (Children Safe Worldwide statistics).
  • On average 22% of car and truck accidents killing pedestrians are hit -and-run. these days attorneys can subpoena information such as traffic camera/videos including other concrete evidence and build up a very solid case for you.
  • A pedestrian hit by a 30mph car has a 20% chance of dying, but bump the speed up to 40mph and the chance of death rockets to 70%.
At Hollingsworth and Mumen, we know how to investigate pedestrian accidents and subpoena promptly proper evidence to support your case. A driver of a vehicle can be at fault and/or the city (if the pedestrian intersection lights are malfunctioning, driver under the influence, careless driving, etc.) Time is crucial, and you must act quickly and contact us or fill out the immediate free case evaluation

If an accident is partly due to your own fault, you can still recover from the party that was primarily responsible for your injuries. However, the amount of your recovery will be reduced under what is called 'comparative negligence', or 'comparative fault'. The opposing party's carelessness is compared to yours, and that determines the percentage of liability and compensation is calculated accordingly.

Sources of compensation for pedestrian accident injuries/losses
  • Owners and drivers of any vehicle on the road may be liable for the conduct of the driver and abiding by the traffic laws in each state. These vehicle owners may range from the parents of drivers under the age of 18 to company entities providing their employees or contractors with vehicles to aid them in their job.
  • Uninsured Motorists coverage may exist under your and/or your passengers’ policies, which can provide additional sources of compensation in a vehicle accident under certain circumstances.
  • Government units and agencies may share accident responsibilities if their services/technology/construction/maintenance or anything they are responsible to do fails in any way including abiding by state, county or city codes and proper regulations. See dangerous roads page
  • Employers have the responsibility for any traffic/auto accident caused by their employees during the time of performing their job.
  • Vehicle/motorcycle manufacturers may face separate liability for negligence during the manufacturing process or design process of their product which resulted in  injuries due to an accident. 
  • Lost Wages regarding any time off from your job, sick leave or a vacation time to recover from injuries due to an accident, we may be able to get compensation for this time away from work.   
  • Wrongful Death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Impairment of earning capacity 
  • Life care expenses 
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium

       (the services of an injured spouse)

  • Loss of advice including comfort, assistance, protection, counsel, companionship