Representing pedestrians takes and experienced attorney who can be on the scene immediately following the accident. Witnesses are crucial if they can be located since often the pedestrian is severely injured and unable to speak while the motorist denies liability. Our law firm has represented thousands of pedestrians injured by vehicles on the road.
Our firm represented a gentleman who sustained fractures throughout his body, including his right ankle with a total of medical bills of $86,000 after being hospitalized for approximately twenty days followed by extensive rehabilitation. We obtained bodycam footage from the vehicle that struck him proving that our client was on her side of the road when she was crossing and the other vehicle crossed over and struck her, knocking her to the ground. While the driver of the vehicle denied liability and said it was not their fault the video proved he was at fault. After our investigation we obtained maximum recovery for our client with all insurance available after threatening to file suit in Logan Circuit Court. You will see below a photo of the road where she was hit close to her home.
While pedestrian related accidents account for under five percent of collisions in Kentucky they are far more often fatal than other types of collisions. This is because the pedestrian has no protection when they are struck or run over by a vehicle. These cases, while not as common as other vehicle accidents are much more likely to be catastrophic or fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2020 6,516 pedestrians were killed on our nation’s highways with 55,000 pedestrians injured nationwide. (Insert link:Floraslaw@florastuart.com)
Injuries for pedestrians hit by vehicles are not only devastating, but often include:
Pedestrians are often taken by ambulance when injured and hospitalized with extensive rehabilitation if they survive. Often their quality of life may never return as it once was before the collision.
Pedestrian accidents are somewhat unique in the causation as they are not operating a vehicle. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents are when they are crossing the road or walking along side the road and can be caused by:
These cases are unique because the pedestrian is not in a vehicle so the personal injury protection coverage which pays medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation and other benefits is paid by the vehicle that hit the pedestrian. In the event that the vehicle that hit the pedestrian has no insurance, if the pedestrian owns a vehicle they can collect from their own insurance company on uninsured motorist coverage or if they are a member of the household with a vehicle coverage can be afforded from the household vehicle. In general, pedestrians collect from:
These are the primary insurance coverages that the pedestrian could collect from in this type of accident.