A pedestrian accident can occur anywhere, including in rural areas. According to the United States Department of Transportation, 25% of pedestrian accidents occur on rural roads and highways. This means the dangers of pedestrian accidents and the serious and catastrophic injuries they can cause are just as real in rural eras as anywhere else.
Rural roadways can be poorly lit and lack crosswalks. There may be distracted drivers, drunk drivers, drivers under the influence of drugs, drivers who are speeding or ignoring traffic signs or signals, drivers failing to adjust to traffic or weather conditions and drivers who violate a pedestrian’s right-of-way who may all cause a pedestrian accident on any type of roadway and be liable to compensate pedestrian accident victims for their injuries and the harm they suffer.
Because of their vulnerability to cars, trucks and other vehicles, pedestrian accident victims can suffer serious and catastrophic injuries ranging from broken bones and bruises to head and brain injuries, back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries and crush injuries. As a result, victims can suffer physical, financial and emotional damages. A personal injury claim for damages brought against the negligent and reckless driver responsible for the harm they have suffered may help pedestrian accident victims recover compensation for their damages.
Legal protections are important for pedestrian accident victims to be familiar with because they may help them recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Compensation for damages can help victims through the sometimes arduous recovery process following a pedestrian accident.