We Seek to Uncover All Contributing Factors to a Pedestrian Accident so that All Those Who Share Liability Can be Held Accountable
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,200 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2010, and an estimated 70,000 pedestrians were injured. Of those injured, approximately 14,000 were age 14 or under.
Pedestrian accident injuries can be particularly severe. When a person is hit by a car or truck, the person has no protection against a moving vehicle that may weigh 2,000 pounds or more. As a result, pedestrian injuries are often significant, and can result in long-lasting damage. Head injuries, quadriplegia, multiple broken bones, and internal injuries are common.
When Pedestrians are Hit by Cars or Trucks, We Want to Know Why.
In some cases, excessive speed and/or distracted driving are involved. In other cases, driver intoxication may be a factor.
In Pedestrian Accidents, Frequently there are Multiple Parties at Fault.
As Michigan pedestrian accident lawyers, our role is to carefully investigate accidents to identify all of the factors that contributed to the accident, and to seek to hold all of the people and entities responsible for their share of the damages and injuries that resulted.
In some instances, municipalities (such as cities) have major roles in pedestrian accidents. Sometimes, the municipality will have been negligent for failing to properly maintain the roadway.
When investigating pedestrian accidents, we may find that prior accidents occurred at the same location, but that the municipality chose not to take any action to prevent future accidents. In these cases, the municipality may bear liability when they have previously known about the dangerousness of a particular roadway but failed to take any action to decrease the risk involved.
In a pedestrian accident case, accident reconstruction and other experts will be helpful to determine factors such as vehicle speed and road conditions. We conduct thorough investigations to uncover all of the factors that contributed to an accident so that all those responsible can be held liable.