No matter how many cars, motorbikes and other vehicles you have, there are times when you just want to go out and take a stroll. Not to mention, walking and running have their invaluable benefits in keeping people healthy and fit. However, the increasing number of vehicles on the road and the worsening condition of DUI cases has made pedestrians unsafe too. Pedestrians were one of the groups that had the lowest deaths and injuries when compared to other types of traffic accidents. However, the recent statistics have not shown good signs for the pedestrians.
Of course, you can’t be a big danger for other people when you are walking on the road or roadside but the vehicles passing by can be a big danger for you. Some new drivers can lose control over their vehicles and hit the pedestrians. Sometimes the driver is intoxicated and thus not able to keep the balance of the car and hits a pedestrian on the road. Sometimes it could be the pedestrian who becomes the cause of the accident because he’s not walking on his turn or has suddenly jumped in the way of the vehicle. This negligence must be avoided by drivers and the pedestrians.
Even with all the care and attention the accidents can take place. There are 2 ways you can take action against such accidents. First, you can educate the people to be careful and attentive while driving and walking on the road. Secondly, you can tell the people what their rights are when an accident has damaged their property and injured them. Law gets stronger when people trust it. The more people take help from the law the stronger the law will become. The strength of the law will prevent people from committing the offenses and breaking the rules whether they are walking or driving.
People who get injured on the road can always contact a personal injury lawyer. Pedestrian accidents are one of the most commonly handled cases by personal injury lawyers. Other personal injury cases that lawyers handle include car accidents, premise accidents, catastrophic injuries, bicycle accidents etc. What this means is that you have a good chance of recovering the money that you have to spend on curing your injuries. First, you will have to go to your insurance company to pay for your medical expenses. Once the settlement is made you will have to return the money to the insurance company.
As mentioned above, the statistics of 2011 tell a sad story of increased pedestrian accidents when compared with the pedestrian accidents of 2009. It is best that you rely on a personal injury lawyer to help you in getting the settlement amount. There are people who try to do it all on their own but this helps rarely since the professionals of the insurance company of the offender are very clever at offering these people a small settlement amount and making them accept it. A lawyer on your side makes sure that you don’t receive an amount less than what you deserve.