A collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian can cause disastrous injuries. With the average car weighing more than 3,000 pounds, a human being has no protection against the impact when a driver is distracted and fails to notice a pedestrian crossing the road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,735 people were killed and 66,000 were injured in pedestrian accidents in the United States in the year 2013. Under Massachusetts law, a pedestrian is defined as anyone incurring bodily injury as a result of being struck by an auto in an accident and who is not occupying an auto at the time of the accident. Further, any vehicle not subject to Massachusetts Motor Vehicle registration such as a moped, dirt bike, mini-bike, snowmobile or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), are considered automobiles.
Victims of pedestrian accidents frequently suffer severe and debilitating injuries that include:
As with any motor vehicle accident claim, it is important to hire a personal injury attorney with years of experience in assisting pedestrians who have been injured in accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles or bicycles.
Successful personal injury claims result in financial recovery for all of the victim's losses, including lost wages, loss of earning potential, medical bills, pain and suffering, costs of surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other damages related to the victim's injuries.
At the law offices of Ananian & Rodibaugh, our team represents injured individuals and families throughout Massachusetts. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, our lawyers will fight for your right to fair compensation.