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It should be safe for a pedestrian to walk along a Birmingham sidewalk or on the shoulder of the road anywhere in the state. Yet, the Alabama Department of Transportation says 483 Alabama pedestrians were injured and 44 were killed in motor vehicle-pedestrian collisions in 2012. Unfortunately, it is often a driver’s negligence that causes a pedestrian accident. An experienced Birmingham pedestrian accident lawyer at Belt & Bruner, P.C. will help you get the justice you deserve if you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident.
When Should You Contact a Birmingham Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
Pedestrians who have been injured in accidents through no fault of their own, or the families of those who have died from being hit by a car, have a right to seek compensation for their medical expenses and other losses.
The lawyers at the Belt & Bruner, P.C., can help pedestrians hit by cars, trucks and motorcycles to seek the compensation they deserve after their accident. To learn more, contact us today by phone or online to set up a free initial review of your accident and injuries so we can help you.
Who Are the Pedestrians in Car Accidents?
When calculating accident statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a “pedestrian” as any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down who is involved in a traffic crash.
Generally, we think of drivers and passengers as the ones who are hurt in car accidents. But the NHTSA found that, in 2012, a pedestrian died every two hours or suffered injury every seven minutes in an accident involving a motor vehicle.
The NHTSA reports that most pedestrian accidents occur in an urban setting and at night. Also, nearly a fifth of all pedestrians killed in traffic crashes are age 65 years old or older.
Here in Alabama, the DOT reports that in 2011, more pedestrian fatalities (30 deaths, or 35 percent of the total) and injuries (142, or 24 percent) were among people age 51 or older than in any other age group.
A pedestrian hit by a car, truck or motorcycle is likely to suffer serious injuries, including:
Pedestrian injuries and deaths shatter lives and cause terrible financial and emotional losses.
Why Does a Pedestrian Accident Happen?
Certainly, in some cases, a pedestrian is hit by a car while trying to cross the road at the wrong place or against the lights. They may also be struck while stepping out into the road suddenly or while lying or sitting in the road.
However, in other cases, the accident is caused by the driver:
- Failing to stop at a crosswalk and yield to the pedestrian (as Alabama law requires)
- Running a stop sign
- Losing control of the vehicle and running off the side of the road.
Distracted driving, alcohol and drug use (impaired driving), fatigued or drowsy driving, speeding and other forms of reckless and careless driving contribute to pedestrian accidents just as they cause other car, truck and motorcycle accidents.
How a Car Accident Lawyer at Belt & Bruner, P.C. Handles Your Case
Determining who was at fault in a pedestrian accident often requires a thorough investigation. At the Belt & Bruner, P.C., we conduct these investigations on behalf of clients injured in pedestrian accidents and other types of motor vehicle crashes.
We can take information gathered from police reports, witness interviews, cell phone records (which may show a driver was distracted), accident reconstruction reports and other evidence, and we can consult with medical and financial experts to determine the extent of an injured pedestrian’s losses. We can then negotiate with insurance companies or go to court to seek compensation for our clients.
Contact a Birmingham Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
A pedestrian who has been hit by a motor vehicle is likely to suffer catastrophic injuries that are long-lasting and require expensive medical treatment. When someone besides the pedestrian is responsible for the accident, Belt & Bruner, P.C., is here to help.
We represent injured pedestrians and their families in Birmingham and throughout Alabama. A Birmingham pedestrian accident lawyer can review your case for free, and we will only charge for our services if we pursue a claim and obtain a recovery for you.
Call us or submit our online form to get started today.
Last updated: Feb. 24, 2015