Even with something as simple and common as crossing the street, there is a possibility of an accident occurring. With a crosswalk accident, a pedestrian’s injuries and damages can be severe. Read on to discover how you can recover damages after your crosswalk accident and how one of the Howard County pedestrian accident attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can help you in doing so.
How does a crosswalk accident usually occur?
As with most auto accidents, crosswalk accidents usually occur due to the negligence of drivers. Examples are as follows:
- A driver speeds through a red light.
- A driver does not yield to crossing pedestrians.
- A driver does not check for blind spots at a crosswalk.
- A driver does not proceed with caution if there is an obstructed view at a crosswalk.
- A driver is distracted while proceeding through a crosswalk.
- A driver is intoxicated while proceeding through a crosswalk.
- A driver is drowsy while proceeding through a crosswalk.
With this, you must make sure you were not acting negligently as a pedestrian. That is, you may be partially or even fully responsible if you did not wait for the walk sign to turn on, if you did not walk within the designated crosswalk lines, or if you were distracted while crossing.
What injuries are associated with a crosswalk accident?
A pedestrian stands little chance against a motor vehicle due to its sheer mass and size. This is not to mention the speed of a motor vehicle at the point of collision. With this, the injuries that are associated with a crosswalk accident are devastating, if not life-altering. Examples are as follows:
- Broken bones.
- Soft tissue injuries.
- Head injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
Can I recover damages after my accident?
If you wish to seek justice after your crosswalk accident, you may do so by filing a personal injury claim. For your claim, you must fulfill the burden of proof to show that your injuries and damages were directly caused by the negligence of another party. If successful, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Examples are as follows:
- Economic damages:
- Medical bills due to your injuries.
- Cost of medical equipment and rehabilitation.
- Cost of domestic services you can no longer execute.
- Lost current and future wages due to your time out of work.
- Non-economic damages:
- Emotion distress.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of independence.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
So, for help with recovering the above, contact one of the competent Howard County auto accident attorneys. We will do everything in our power to retain the financial compensation that you require to heal, so call us today.