What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
A pedestrian accident occurs any time an individual who is not in a motor vehicle is injured because of a vehicle. There are countless ways in which this can happen. While some of these cases result from an error on the part of the pedestrian, the vast majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence. Examples of reckless driving that commonly leads to pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Driver fatigue
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Poor driving conditions
- Vehicle malfunction
Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents involve children while boarding or exiting school buses. Child pedestrians and school bus accidents often involve extremely severe and fatal injuries. Our lawyers know the devastation these types of events can place on victims and their families. We are committed to help.
Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in vehicle collisions, and the subsequent injuries are typically one-sided and catastrophic. While most pedestrian accident injuries happen at the initial point of impact, secondary injuries frequently occur when victims are propelled into other objects such as walls, trees, or light posts.
Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord and back injury
- Neck injury
- Internal bleeding
- Significant blood loss
Prompt medical attention is vital in these situations. Victims often require ambulance or helicopter transport, life-saving surgery, or other critical measures.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
In the most tragic cases, pedestrian accident injuries are fatal. While no monetary award can make up for the heartache and loss of a loved one, damages recovered in a wrongful death claim can help your family stay financially afloat during this difficult time.
What Damages is an Injured Pedestrian Entitled To?
If you or a loved one was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street, damages you can receive from ICBC and additional insurance providers may include:
- Cost of treatment
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning potential
- Loss of benefits
- Physical or occupational therapies
- Damages for pain and suffering
The pedestrian accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman are here to stand up for the rights of pedestrians hurt by careless drivers. If you’ve been injured while crossing the street, you may be entitled to collect substantial damages from ICBC on behalf of the negligent driver. Even if you are partially at fault, because of jaywalking or falling, for instance, you may still be entitled to some compensation.
What Should an Injured Pedestrian Do If the Driver’s ICBC Adjuster Offers a Settlement?
The most important advice we can give you is: Do not consider settling your claim until your injuries have resolved and until you have consulted with a lawyer. Many injured people are unsure what settlement amount is fair, and are very tempted to take what’s offered, just to get some money right away.
Stephens & Holman strongly urge you to consider whether the amount offered will be enough to pay your family back for everything they’ve gone through. Will it erase the financial burden forced upon your family and take care of present and future treatments and expenses?
Do not accept a settlement if you are unsure exactly what your entitlements might be. Let our pedestrian accident lawyers help you maximize your claim. Remember that signing something could mean you’re waiving all rights.
If a Pedestrian Was Hit While Attempting to Cross a Dangerous Road Without the Help of a Crosswalk, Can He Still Bring a Claim?
Yes. Even if you were struck while crossing the street without the help of signals, you may still be able to collect insurance compensation. Your pedestrian accident lawyer will go over the laws that govern these types of accidents and inform you of your legal rights.
Why Choose the Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Stephens & Holman?
Since 1983, the law firm of Stephens & Holman has protected the rights of accident victims throughout British Columbia. We pride ourselves on providing every client with highly individualized service. Our commitment to client-focused service ensures your case receives the attention it deserves and you have the best chance at receiving the full and fair compensation you need. Our lawyers have the experience and skill needed to provide you with exceptional, diligent representation for your pedestrian accident claim.
Discuss your case for free. Contact our pedestrian accident lawyers today for a complimentary case review by calling 604-730-4120. Stephens & Holman serves clients in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.