If you were hit by a car as you were walking down the road or walking on a sidewalk, you know that there are likely few things scarier and more painful that you will ever have to endure. While it is true that pedestrians essentially rely on painted on, seemingly arbitrary lines in the road to tell the car that they should stay in their area and pedestrians should stay in theirs, this has made it so pedestrians and motor vehicles can safely operate in the same space for decades. However, not all motor vehicles obey traffic signs and warnings, and when this is the case, it can lead pedestrians to become severely injured. If you were recently in a pedestrian accident and broke some bones, you should contact a personal injury attorney in Washington, DC.
Why Broken Bones Are a Likely Outcome
When you think about it, it makes sense. As a pedestrian, you likely do not have anything protecting you from sustaining serious injuries by motor vehicles. In fact, if road signs are ignored, more pedestrians would be in danger. Many cars weigh an average of slightly over 3,000 pounds. This means that when a motorized, 3,000-pound vehicle comes into contact with your body, you (weighing significantly less) are likely uncovered and unprotected. Many doctors would say you are lucky if you walk away with only broken bones. Some of the most common areas you would likely break a bone are:
Why Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
You may believe that you have a slam-dunk case when it comes to getting compensation from the driver’s insurance. In fact, you likely do and the insurance company knows it. That said, the insurance company may quickly offer you an amount of money that sounds like it should cover your expenses but will not. That is why you should get help from our team. We know when our clients are being lowballed and we want to ensure you get the money you need to cover treatment costs, medical bills, and emotional damages as well.
When you are suffering from broken bones after this type of accident, you may not be able to go back to work for weeks or months, putting a severe dent in your income. Especially for those who take care of families, this can have a huge impact. You may be unable to do regular daily activities as well, such as walking, bathing, or even cooking for yourself. All of these are important aspects to provide when discussing how the driver’s negligence caused damage that extends into your everyday life.
Thanks to The Law Firm of Frederick J. Brynn, P.C. for their insight into personal injury claims and pedestrian accidents.