When walking, cycling, jogging, skating, running or even sitting in public, the threat of an accident is always imminent. In 2018, there were 6,227 reported pedestrian deaths across the United States1. With a rise in distractions- smartphones, chaotic schedules, and congested roads, the looming possibility of pedestrian accidents is unavoidable. The best option is to be informed and aware if ever in a situation requiring a pedestrian accident attorney.
More information on pedestrian accidents
Pedestrian car accidents are defined as any accident involving a car, truck, or motorcycle and a person not in a vehicle. Pedestrian accidents typically occur at crosswalks, parking lots, or due to a loss of vehicle control.
In May 2019, metro-area Oklahoman cyclists rallied to highlight the demand for better bike lanes. The rally took place to honor Chad Epley, recently killed while riding his
bicycle home following work. While some accidents lead to wrongful death, other pedestrian accidents cause long-term consequences due to injuries sustained and financial burdens.
94% of most crashes are caused by human error, but in some circumstances, you might be able to bring a claim against the municipality where you were hit. Since every pedestrian accident varies on location, time of day, and incident details, it is best to approach the situation on a case-by-case basis.
What if I am involved in a pedestrian accident?
Actions days, hours, even seconds following an accident have an impact on the ability to recover compensation. When involved in a pedestrian accident, be sure to take these steps as soon as possible:
Seek Medical Attention – Even if you do not believe you are seriously injured, it is important to seek medical attention to ensure any potential injuries are identified and treated. This will also create official record of severity of injuries and treatments necessary, if applicable.
Keep Records Regarding the Accident – Keeping all records of the incident can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Following the accident, be sure to record as much as possible. Use your phone to capture voice notes, photographs, and nearby surveillance of the accident.
Contact Ball Morse Lowe – most pedestrians never expect an accident to occur. At Ball Morse Lowe, our dedicated team of personal injury attorneys will fight for the compensation you need to keep moving forward. Our legal team thoughtfully guides you through the proper steps to properly reimburse you for medical treatment, time missed from work, pain and suffering, and other relevant expenses.
Whether walking or cycling, our pedestrian accident lawyers can help you achieve full recovery. Our fully-loaded legal team and supporting staff ensure you have the support and guidance during this difficult time. Oklahoma statutes of limitation gives pedestrians a limited amount of time to file legal claim, so call us at 405-701-5355 to schedule an initial consultation today.