Wisconsin Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Every year an estimate of 1,200 people in Wisconsin will be involved in a pedestrian accident. In 2011 alone there were 52 incidents of fatality and approximately 966 people injured in a pedestrian/motor vehicle related accident in Wisconsin. These are scary statistics to consider, especially if you are one of the people that has been injured.
If you have been hit by a motor vehicle while walking or running on the road, then you could be looking at serious injuries. Whether the car was traveling 10 mph or 100 mph – you could be faced with broken bones, neck and back injuries, permanent disability and even fatality. We are experienced Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers that can help you determine your next step of action.
Whether you have been hit on a walking trail, on a country road, at a crosswalk, on a highway or in the city, the law is on your side. The law awards the right of way to pedestrians. What this means is that if you have been hit while walking adjacent to traffic, then you may have a case for a personal injury lawsuit.
Pedestrians are vulnerable to motor vehicles. Drivers have a large dome of steel protecting them by the sudden impact; walkers, on the other hand, have nothing. What this means is that the injuries sustained to pedestrians are often life threatening and life changing. They may include:
- Crushed bones
- Skull fractures
- Brain injury and permanent brain damage
- Spinal injuries and paralysis
- Soft tissue injuries
- Chronic and acute pain in the neck, shoulder, knee, hip, etc
- Permanent disabilities
You have the legal right to share the road with all motor vehicles.
Sharing the road with vehicles can be intimating for all pedestrians; however, walking or running is a great way to stay in shape and reduce your carbon footprint. Whether you are walking your kids to school, walking your dog to the park, walking home from work or walking to the mall, you should not have to risk your life just because drivers are negligent and irresponsible. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the driver that hit you may be facing legal and criminal action.
Drivers have a legal responsibility to remain as safe as possible behind the wheel. This means obeying the speed limits, following the signs, yielding to traffic and keeping their eyes on road hazards at all times. The increase in motor vehicle related accidents are often because of:
- Reckless and distracted driving (texting while driving, eating while driving, changing the radio channels while driving)
- Drinking and driving
- Inexperience on the road
- Failure to yield
- Failure to follow stop signs
Pedestrian accidents are often not taken seriously by insurance companies. What this means is that you may not be awarded adequate compensation for your losses. At Bye, Goff and Rohde we will represent you in a court of law and help you gain compensation for your physical, emotional and financial suffering.
Contact a Wisconsin accident attorney today for a free consultation about filing a pedestrian injury lawsuit.