Pedestrian Accidents Can Happen When You Least Expect It
In early February, Georgia Southern football fans were devastated to learn of the passing of former player—and current Indianapolis Colts linebacker—Edwin Jackson. Jackson died in an accident caused by an allegedly drunk driver after an unexpected series of events.
According to reports, Jackson was a passenger in a ride-sharing vehicle on Interstate 70 outside Indianapolis when police believe Jackson felt ill. The driver pulled over and both men got out of the car. Suddenly, a pickup truck crashed into both men and the stopped car. The driver of the pickup truck tried to flee but was caught by police and arrested. Neither Jackson nor the rideshare driver survived.
When you think about pedestrian accidents, you may imagine someone crossing the street at a crosswalk or otherwise walking in the path of traffic. However, pedestrian accidents can happen even when you think you are out of the way of danger. In fact, many pedestrian accidents happen when someone is simply walking to their car in a parking lot or in another seemingly safe situation.
While it is never recommended for anyone to walk or stand alongside a busy highway, emergencies and unexpected circumstances may happen that require you to pull over and exit your vehicle. For instance, if your tire blows out, you will need to get to the shoulder of the highway and get out of your car to either change the tire or have the vehicle towed. If you are in an accident, it is protocol to move out of the way of traffic whenever possible and remain at the scene for a period of time, as advised by the Georgia Driver’s Manual.
Just because you believe you are out of the path of traffic does not mean you are out of harm’s way. Distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and other reckless drivers may depart from the road and strike you even if you are on the shoulder. In addition, some drivers who are slowing down to look at the accident may incite a chain reaction crash that affects those standing on the shoulder. These situations happen more often than you may believe.
No matter how a pedestrian accident occurs, victims may suffer severe injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shattered or broken bones
- Muscle and soft tissue tears
- Internal organ injuries
Many pedestrian accident injuries can be catastrophic or even fatal. Victims deserve full compensation from any negligent drivers and can file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to obtain financial recovery. If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian crash, you can hold the driver liable by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Find Out how a Savannah Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help
Pedestrian accident claims can be complicated since they often involve serious and life-changing injuries. You need a compassionate and determined attorney on your side from the very beginning of your case. If you were in an accident in the Savannah area, please contact Hasner Law online or call 912-234-2334 for a free initial consultation today.