Personal Injuries as a Result of Car Accidents
In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles (According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Some factors can raise a pedestrian’s chances of experiencing a personal injury – like consuming alcohol, or being especially old or young. But even when you do everything correctly as a pedestrian, the risk of personal injury as a result of another person’s irresponsible behavior remains. According to the CDC, 51 percent of pedestrian deaths involved no alcohol whatsoever. In most cases, it’s the driver -not the pedestrian- that’s at fault. Drivers often drive erratically because of distracting technology or their own clouded judgment, victimizing innocent pedestrians.
While not everybody drives a car, almost everybody will spend some amount of time as a pedestrian. And when considering the size-disparity between cars and pedestrians, the risks involved seem imminent. According to the Oklahoma personal injury lawyers at the Abel Law Firm, 180,000 pedestrians were killed in car accidents between 1975 and 2005. But even injuries that appear to be minor can have significant personal costs. Medical bills, loss of earning potential, emotional trauma, and damaged property all threaten victims of traffic accidents with huge financial burdens. In many cases, somebody besides the victim is at fault for those costs, and can be held legally responsible to pay them. According to their website, a Fort Walton Beach car accident lawyer was able recover $250,000 for one victim of a hit-and-run, which shows just how considerable these damages can be.
For a person to be considered legally liable for your damages, four criteria must be met:
- The person had a duty to act responsible according to the circumstances
- The party breached that duty
- That breach caused you harm
- You suffered monetary damages because of that harm
If you have suffered monetary damages because of somebody else’s wrongful behavior, you should consider the possibility of collecting damages from the responsible party.