Sadly, each year thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists are injured in traffic related accidents. A number of conditions can lead to the injury of pedestrians and bicyclists by motor vehicles including failure to pay attention to them on the road. At times, pedestrians and cyclists are not granted the same courtesy most drivers give to other drivers, which can lead to serious injury for accident victims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that pedestrian accident injuries occur in the U.S. every 8 minutes, with deaths from these types of accidents occurring every 113 minutes. More than 55 individuals reportedly died in Chicago in 2008 as a result of a pedestrian accident.
Among the most common situations in which a pedestrian accident occurs are when drivers:
- Do not pay attention when backing out of driveways or parking areas
- Do not yield to individuals walking in crosswalks
- Speed in residential or other areas where children and others may commonly walk
In the event that one becomes involved in a bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, contacting a pedestrian accident lawyer can help one receive financial compensation for their injuries. Pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of ability to go about one’s normal activities, and other economic or non-economic losses may be recoverable damages in serious injury cases.
The personal injury law firm of Cooney & Conway can assist accident injury victims to pursue a legal course of action that will help put their lives back in order after suffering such a potentially traumatizing experience. We understand that catastrophic injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists can have devastating effects for them and their families that can last a lifetime.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, contact our firm today for a free consultation about your personal injury case.