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Pedestrian Accidents

A pedestrian accident is one that occurs between a motor vehicle (whether it is a car, truck or motorcycle) and a person who is not using a vehicle.

If you consider that millions of people move on sidewalks and streets daily in the country, it can be said that they also become the most vulnerable when it comes to being involved in an accident.

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Types of compensation you could receive

In the case of these accidents, the reasons for which you could receive compensation may vary. We will now provide some examples of the compensations you could receive in case of a pedestrian accident:

  • Physical injuries and sequels.
  • Monetary losses due to lost wages.
  • Physical or aesthetic damage.
  • Medical attention and rehabilitation.
  • Death.

What to do in case of a pedestrian accident?

  • First of all, seek medical attention, even if you consider that the accident was not serious or that the injuries suffered are not considerable, you should request medical examination so that an expert can assess and record what happened for a possible compensation claim.
  • Wait until the authorities make a report of what happened and, if possible, make sure that they include the injuries that the accident caused. Request a copy of the report.
  • Seek legal advice. If you are the victim of an accident, you can claim compensation that covers medical expenses and possible after-effects of the injuries. In Conexión Legal, we have a network of specialized attorneys that will provide free consultation in Spanish.

Most common injuries after a pedestrian accident

  • Fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal Cord injuries
  • Amputation of lower or upper limbs
  • Death

Most common pedestrian accidents

  • Loss of control from the driver
    This situation may happen for several reasons, from mechanical failure to driving under the influence of alcohol, and it results in the driver running over a person on foot, whether on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk, resulting in injury or death.
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
    It happens when the person is located at a crosswalk but the driver does not stop, denying the possibility of crossing for the pedestrian and causing a run over in the crosswalk area.
  • Distracted driving
    Nowadays there are more and more people who drive while texting; this is alarming. They cause accidents in which pedestrians are the most affected ones by the recklessness of the drivers.
  • Not using the designed crosswalk area
    In some cases, these accidents occur due to the recklessness of the pedestrians when they don’t use the provided resources to guarantee their safety, such as designated crosswalks.
  • Failing to comply with traffic signals
    Many of the accidents that involve pedestrians are usually because people ignore traffic signals and the traffic lights established to avoid risks and crashes that could be deathly for them.

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