According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, pedestrian deaths make up 14 percent of the total traffic deaths in the United States. As more Americans choose to walk or run for transportation or exercise, more pedestrian accidents occur.

Pedestrians suffer a variety of injuries in collisions with vehicles

As can be expected, when a pedestrian and a car have a wreck, the pedestrian has little chance of escaping without serious injuries. Typically, pedestrians incur significant injuries when struck by a car, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Bone fractures

Victims often face long recovery periods as well as permanent limitations and disfigurement. If the accident was caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to collect damages from the driver’s insurance company to help pay for your lost wages, past and future medical care and other damages.

By law, drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, but accidents still happen. In addition to the danger of being hit by a car, pedestrians must be aware of uneven sidewalks and other tripping hazards.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a knowledgeable Charleston personal injury attorney to learn how we can help you secure compensation for your injuries.