It can happen at any time. No one thinks they’re going to be hit by a car, but not a week goes by without another pedestrian being rushed to the hospital. Sometimes it’s a drunk driver, sometimes it’s a hit-and-run, sometimes it’s a vehicle malfunction, sometimes it’s a simple accident. But in every case, it will be a life-changing event for the person who was hit.
Often, the media will report that only “minor” injuries were sustained. What is a minor injury? If you’re released from the hospital the same day, it’s often considered minor – but that injured knee or bruised ribs could become a long-term, even lifelong issue. A seemingly small injury can cause recurring pain for years, can limit favorite activities like sports or jogging, and can lead to arthritis or other conditions that are even more devastating. What if you have difficulty working?
And not every injury is “minor.” Frequently, we work with clients who have had their lives irreversibly altered by a car accident. This can include major surgeries, loss of the use of a limb, a back injury or even brain damage. These tragic conditions don’t just require time and patience to recover from. In some cases, full recovery is never possible at all.
In November 2012, two people were walking along the shoulder of a road when they were struck by an elderly driver. Road conditions were normal and the accident was completely unexpected. But the injuries were severe, and one of the two was thrown down an embankment into the drainage ditch. Sadly, one of the two victims died and the other was left in critical condition.
You can’t plan for an incident like this, but that doesn’t mean you have no control. If you or someone you love is hit by a car, there are two very important things you should know:
If you or someone you know was struck by a vehicle, why should the victim pay for it? Call Steinger, Iscoe & Greene for a completely free consultation with a South Florida pedestrian accident lawyer.