While most of us travel by car, all of us at one time or another spends time as pedestrians. As such, we are the most vulnerable of all traveler groups when it comes to accidents and injuries. Pedestrians lack the steel cage protection of those inside cars, trucks, vans, and other vehicles. With nothing to protect the body from an impact with a vehicle, another object, or the roadway, pedestrians are in danger of serious injuries and death in traffic accidents.
If you've been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may suffer severe or even catastrophic injuries requiring extensive medical care. You will likely be unable to work, sustain emotional trauma, and other disabilities. At Gill Law Group, P.C. we are dedicated to helping you recover the monetary compensation to which you are entitled when another's negligence or misconduct has caused your injuries and losses.
Our firm has a strong track record when it comes to personal injury law; we know how to deal with insurance companies who may not have your best interests at heart. As your legal advocate, we will aggressively build your claim, negotiate on your behalf at the settlement table, or take your claim to court should that be required.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U. S. pedestrian fatalities increased in 2011, rising to 4,432 deaths. In that same year, 69,000 pedestrians sustained injuries; 11,000 of these pedestrians were under the age of 14. Statistics in general show that the likelihood of injury or death is dramatically increased in pedestrians based on the speed of the vehicle which strikes them. At 20 miles per hour or less, a pedestrian has only a five percent of chance of being killed when struck by such a vehicle. When that speed is increased to 50 miles per hour, the fatality risk rises close to 100 percent.
Serious injuries can include multiple broken bones, internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Such injuries can require extensive medical treatment, surgeries, physical therapy, and more.
Getting strong legal representation is key in any personal injury or wrongful death claim to ensure that your case is handled in the most comprehensive and professional manner. Contact our firm to arrange for a free injury case consultation so that an Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer can evaluate your situation and advise you properly.