Minnesota experienced a 150% increase in traffic-related pedestrian fatalities in 2015, and 2019 began threatening to continue the trend upwards. Reporting has shown that over 40 percent of crashes involving pedestrians were usually caused when people dashed out into the roadway. When drivers were at fault – a majority of the time — it was usually because of driver inattention and failure to yield. Either way, pedestrians suffer the most in these types of collisions.
Damages Suffered by Pedestrians
We see the headlines:
But how often do we think about the consequences behind the words? Usually not until they are about us.
Pedestrians comprise only 5% of total traffic injuries each year, though they make up 15% of all traffic deaths. Most serious injuries happen when pedestrians are hit by vehicle bumpers, hoods, or the windshield area.
The medical and non-medical expenses and the emotional suffering related to these traumatic incidents are not something you should have to endure alone. A personal injury lawyer with pedestrian accident experience can help you work through this difficult time and collect the compensation you deserve.
Recovering Is a Process
Recovering from injuries suffered in a pedestrian collision takes time. The victim must be able to receive necessary medical care without worrying about how costs will be covered. They also deserve to be compensated for their non-economic losses.
Victims of pedestrian accidents are eligible for a wide variety of damages from the careless drivers who hit them. You are entitled to seek recovery for medical expenses, therapy expenses, and lost wages in addition to compensation for pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Pedestrian victims may be able to recover from the at-fault driver’s liability insurance if the driver was insured. If the driver was drunk or otherwise reckless, you may also be able to collect punitive damages meant to punish him or her for driving so dangerously.
Also, if the pedestrian has car insurance, your personal injury protection (PIP) policy covers you if you are hit by a motor vehicle and injured.
If the pedestrian does not have PIP, under their own or a resident relative’s coverage, then the PIP coverage of the vehicle that struck them must pay PIP coverage on their behalf.
Recovery is still available under a basic economic loss benefit claim even if the driver was uninsured and the victim did not have coverage.
Do not give up hope. If you or a loved one was hit by a car while walking, call the skilled, experienced personal injury attorneys of the Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm at (763) 406-7000 and schedule a free initial consultation. Let us discuss your options and potential case with you.