Pedestrian accidents happen for many reasons, but most often, they are the result of a driver's carelessness. Texting, distractions, failing to yield, or not paying attention - these are all reasons why drivers collide with pedestrians.
Pedestrian accidents are among the most serious types of auto accidents. Pedestrians are vulnerable and often suffer serious injuries. In addition to physical injuries, these accidents are incredibly traumatic. Consequently, pedestrian accidents are costly for victims and their families. This is why many pedestrian accident victims seek recovery through a pedestrian accident claim.
Damages Recoverable in a Pedestrian Accident Claim
If you pursue a pedestrian accident claim, you may be able to pursue damages for certain losses related to the accident and your injuries. These damages are broken down into economic and non-economic damages. Consider the following:
Economic Damages - These are damages that can be easily quantified, such as:
· Ambulance costs
· Hospital bills
· Surgical expenses
· Therapy costs
· Prescription costs
· Lost income
· Anticipated loss of income if you are disabled
Non-Economic Damages - These are damages that are not as easy to quantify, but are as important to the victim and his or her family. These include:
· Pain and suffering
· Emotional distress
· Loss of companionship
· Loss of enjoyment of life
· Physical impairment
To pursue any of these damages, you must be able to prove that your injuries are the result of the person you are suing (defendant). You must be able to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care and violated it. That his or her violation of the duty of care caused your injuries, and that your injuries resulted in real losses.
Both economic and non-economic damages are important. After a pedestrian accident, victims and their families should not bear the burden of financial loss on top of injuries and trauma. This is why AZ Legal is passionate about helping victims. We work tirelessly to get victims the compensation their families needs and deserves.