West Virginia Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Commuting on foot can be a great way to save on gas, while also providing excellent exercise. Sadly, pedestrians aren’t always safe on the road and run the risk of suffering major injury at the hands of reckless or inattentive drivers. West Virginia pedestrian accidents can leave victims with costly medical expenses, pain and suffering, and a permanent, negative effect on their quality of life.
Victims of these accidents deserve compensation for their serious injuries. If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle or western Maryland, contact the Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson as soon as possible for a free consultation on your case.
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise
Safety experts have noticed a disturbing trend: after decades of falling accident fatality rates on US roads, the number of deaths occurring each year in traffic accidents has been rising steadily in recent years. The rate of fatalities among pedestrians has risen higher than among any other group. Many safety researchers believe that the increase in pedestrian deaths can be blamed in large part on the rise in distracted driving. As drivers become increasingly likely to only glance at the road in between reading texts or social media posts, they miss smaller objects in their field of vision, such as people on foot.
Aside from distracted driving, other common causes of pedestrian injury accidents include:
- Drivers turning left without first checking for pedestrians in the crosswalk
- Poor road conditions, such as insufficient lighting at crosswalks or an absence of markings outlining crosswalks
- Drunk or drugged driving
Pedestrians vulnerable to the most serious injuries
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to injury in an accident. They lack the robust protection offered by car walls or even the protections offered by a helmet to a cyclist involved in a crash. Pedestrian accident injuries often leave victims in need of major medical attention, multiple surgeries, or even an in-home caregiver. These victims often need to take time off work to make a full recovery, resulting in the additional financial hit of lost wages. Other common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Soft tissue injuries, such as damaged ligaments or road rash
- Fractured ribs
- Broken arms or legs
- Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Wrongful death
Help is Available after a Serious West Virginia Pedestrian Accident
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a West Virginia pedestrian accident, contact the seasoned, effective, and dedicated Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a consultation on your case, at 304-263-0900 or 304-LAWYERS.