Thousands of pedestrians are killed and injured in traffic crashes throughout the United States every year. Unfortunately, some of the highest numbers of pedestrian fatalities are in Washington D.C. Foot traffic is at an all-time high, leading to more incidents than ever before. If you have been struck by a vehicle while in a crosswalk or have suffered an injury due to dangerous sidewalk conditions or a driver’s negligence, you deserve to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries. Trombly & Singer, PLLC provides effective legal services for victims of serious injury brought on by negligence. Contact our firm for a free consultation.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrians are often subject to serious catastrophic injuries after being involved in an auto accident simply based on the weight and speed of the vehicle which struck them. Potential injuries are exacerbated due to the lack of pedestrian protection and these injuries, many of which only make themselves known in the days following the collision. There are various types of injuries that may take place as a result of an accident, the most common include:
- Broken bones
- Head and brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents occur because of a range of situations. Driver negligence is one of the most common reasons for a pedestrian accident. Some of the top causes of driver negligence include electronic device use, driving under the influence, careless maneuvers, and reckless driving. Another major cause of pedestrian accidents includes road conditions, such as potholes, uneven surfaces, debris and spills, closed or defective sidewalks that force, and weather conditions. Another cause of pedestrian accidents is obscured visibility. Some examples of obscured visibility include parked cars, overgrown vegetation, signs and other objects placed at the curbs, and a lack of overhead lighting. With so many factors involved, it is important to consult with an attorney that can assess liability and effectively represent your needs.
Pedestrian Accident Claims in DC
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, assigning liability could be complicated. While some incidents are caused by a driver’s negligence, others are caused by the negligence of a third party, sometimes including a government entity or a property owner. Whatever the case is, it is important to note that personal injury cases are subject to the burden of proof. For a case to be successful, the plaintiff will have to establish negligence, which can be tricky. In addition, taking legal action is subject to the statute of limitations. If you are taking legal action against a private citizen, you have 3 years to file. If the case involves the wrongful death of a loved one, you have 2 years to file. If you are seeking damages from a municipality, you have 6 months to file a Notice of Claim in the District. If your case has merit, you may be entitled to damages, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Medical expenses
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Washington D.C.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to another party’s negligence while on foot, you may be entitled to compensation. Trombly & Singer, PLLC recognize the effects of a serious injury. We represent clients throughout Washington D.C. and Maryland who have been seriously injured by negligence. For a team of effective attorneys to help you through tough times, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC for a consultation today.