Pedestrian accidents often lead to severe injuries. While most people want to remain safe when they are walking around moving vehicles, there are times when negligent drivers strike pedestrians. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are here to help if you are loved one are injured in a pedestrian accident. Our Spokane pedestrian accident lawyers will investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you deserve. Today, we want to discuss a recent crash that left a child injured.
A recent crash highlights pedestrian dangers
Last month a man in Moran Prairie died after he was struck by a vehicle in the 4800 block of South Palouse Highway. According to the Spokane Police, the man survived the initial collision but later died at the hospital. He was struck by a female driver who police say showed no signs of impairment at the time of the crash.
While alcohol and drug impairment may be a major cause of many pedestrian accidents in Spokane, it is not the only danger pedestrians face.
What can happen to pedestrians in a crash?
During the latest reporting year in Washington, the Department of Transportation shows that there were 2,514 pedestrian crashes during the latest reporting year. Out of those incidents, we know that there were:
- 109 fatalities
- 403 suspected serious injuries
- 784 suspected minor injuries
- 1,121 possible injuries
The Spokane pedestrian accident attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC know that these incidents often lead to severe injuries, including:
- Spinal cord trauma (possible paralysis)
- Head injuries/traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or road rash
Pedestrians are vulnerable in and around the roadway. Aside from impaired driving, they are often the victims of driver inattention. Despite efforts to pass laws to curb incidents of distracted driving, the rise of technology has led to a rise and drivers not paying attention to the road. All too often, pedestrian accidents are caused by drivers:
- reading or sending text messages
- making phone calls
- looking for music to play on their phones
- checking emails on phones
- browsing the Internet on electronic devices
In many cases, these incidents happen in areas where pedestrians have the right-of-way, including parking lots, sidewalks, crosswalks, and intersections.
Let us help you get through this
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, please seek legal assistance immediately. The team at Russell & Hill, PLLC has the experience you need to get through this. We will investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you deserve, which can include:
- Any medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income if you cannot work while you recover
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent party