Wrongful death accidents can occur in a number of different ways, including a pedestrian accident. Pedestrian accidents can result in the tragic loss of life or serious and debilitating injuries. Pedestrian accidents can involve cars, trucks or buses, and can sometimes be complicated by hit-and-run drivers or other circumstances.
Pedestrians may not stand a chance against a car, truck or bus when they are struck by a careless and negligent driver. Drivers may be negligent by failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians; by failing to stop at crosswalks; by failing to come to a complete stop at stop signs; by failing to stop and observe for pedestrians before turning right at an intersection; by failing to share the roadways with pedestrians; or travelling too fast in areas and neighborhoods with frequent and high pedestrian traffic.
When a pedestrian has been hit and injured, or killed, by a negligent driver in a pedestrian accident, the surviving pedestrian victim or family members of a loved one killed in a pedestrian accident may be able to bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim for damages. Damages the victim or victim’s family may be able to collect depend on the circumstances, but can include medical bills, future medical care costs, lost wages, lost earning-capacity, funeral expenses, loss of support or services and pain and suffering damages.
Insurance companies may be involved, including in pedestrian accident hit-and-run situations, as well as in the settlement process. Pedestrian accidents can lead to complicated losses, which is why it is important for victims of pedestrian accidents to fully understand the options available to them when harmed.