Being a pedestrian is a part of everyday life. Everyone walks on a sidewalk at some point in their life. Fortunately, the risk of being hit by a car as a pedestrian is relatively low. That does not mean, however, that cars never hit pedestrians. They do.
In New York City alone, in 1992, there were over 13,500 accidents between pedestrians and cars. Sadly, 294 pedestrians were killed, which is simply 294 too many. Based on these statistics and those of bicycle and pedestrian accidents, pedestrians were more than 50 times more likely to be hit by a car than by a bicycle.
In pedestrian and car accidents, pedestrians can be at fault. Pedestrians may ignore traffic or crosswalk signals, jaywalk, or walk on highways, where they are not supposed to. Car drivers can also likely be at fault. In some cases, drivers may be driving drunk. Or, they may disregard traffic and crosswalk signals. Another common misjudgment made by drivers is thinking that it is safe to drive through a crosswalk when a pedestrian is crossing it.
It is obvious that when a car hits a pedestrian, the effects can be dire. Aside from death, pedestrians may be permanently crippled, may have to remove limbs, or may obtain unfixable bodily damage, such as a disfiguration of the face. Costs associated with car accidents can be serious.
If you or someone you know has been hit by a car as a pedestrian, contact the Waukesha car injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-559-5599 to discuss your case and to schedule an initial consultation.