When you step out on the sidewalk, you expect to arrive back at your place of origin or to your destination safely. Unfortunately, there are times when this does not happen.
You may be injured because a motorist was negligent while you were crossing the street or the motorist left the road and collided with you.
Accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians can be particularly devastating for the pedestrian, resulting in permanent injury or even death.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, medical devices, pain and suffering, lost wages, and much more.
Call your Rochester personal injury attorney at Patterson Dahlberg Injury Lawyers as soon as possible so we can begin work on your case.
Thousands of pedestrians are killed or injured by collisions with motor vehicles every year in the United States. In Minnesota, 60 pedestrians died after being hit by a vehicle in 2016, the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in 25 years, according to the StarTribune.
Under Minnesota pedestrian safety law, drivers are obligated to yield to pedestrians attempting to cross in a crosswalk, painted or not, if it is safe to stop. That means any pedestrian attempting to cross a legal intersection is considered to be in a crosswalk. If that pedestrian is hit by a car while in a legal intersection, the vehicle’s driver could be liable for any personal injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian accidents are often caused by drivers that fail to observe road signs, fail to yield at busy intersections, and who speed or drink and drive. Often, the accidents are linked to distracted driving. There are also times when public safety equipment is poorly maintained or designed.
Common injuries that some of our clients have experienced when involved in pedestrian accidents include:
- Head or brain injuries
- Tibial plateau fracture
- Permanent disability
- Wrongful death of a loved one
- Limb amputation
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
- Tissue and nerve damage
The list can go on and on. Some injuries can result in short-term injury or long-term injury. The similarity is that the two can result in very high medical costs. Additionally, if you’re seriously injured your ability to work might be diminished, limiting your earning capacity. This could be a permanent issue or a temporary one.
In the case of wrongful death, the victim’s family is faced with lost income, funeral expenses, and even medical bills.
If you have been hit by a vehicle, it is important you seek medical attention as soon as possible to obtain a diagnosis and begin treatment.
Compassionate & Skillful Advocates for Victims of Pedestrian Accidents
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, call your Rochester personal injury attorney at Patterson Dahlberg Injury Lawyers as soon as you are able to. If you have been injured due to a negligent driver, company, or even a municipality, you deserve the right to seek compensation.
You are already living with the physical and mental pain of the injury and the difficulty that recovery brings; you should not have to deal with the financial burden, too. When you choose our office to represent you, you receive the compassionate and skillful representation that you need to get results.
Contact A Minnesota Pedestrian Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or a loved one was killed, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the responsible party.
Most pedestrian accidents result from automobiles colliding with individuals on the street, either because the driver was not being cautious or because their judgment was impaired in some way.
A pedestrian accident attorney can guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit or making an insurance claim to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
To learn more about your options, call Patterson Dahlberg Injury Lawyers at 507-424-3000 for a free consultation.