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Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

In many big cities, especially places like New York and San Francisco where urban traffic and lots of pedestrians interact on a daily basis, it is surprisingly common for pedestrians to be hit by passing vehicles. It’s a simple matter of numbers; if you get enough pedestrians crossing , walking in or standing near heavily trafficked streets, cars and trucks will eventually make unwanted contact with some of them. And when that happens, it’s often the cause of significant, sometimes even catastrophic injuries.

And when it comes to the frequency and severity of pedestrians being injured, it is again a simple matter of numbers, and in this case, it’s a matter of Newtonian physics. The disparity in mass between a car and a pedestrian means that dynamic forces impact the lighter person severely. Upon impact, a disproportionate amount of energy gets transferred to the smaller object, in this case, an unfortunate human trying to cross the street.

Consider that when even a small, 900 Kilogram (2,000 pound) vehicle impacts even a large, 90 kg (200 pound) human, there is a 10-1 mass ratio involved, and that’s a best-case scenario for the pedestrian. A big truck or SUV can easily weigh 2,000 kg (4,400 pounds), while a 2012 study by scientists associated to the World Health Organization claims that the average North American resident weight approximately 80 kilograms (178 pounds). A 2,000 kg truck impacting a 80 kg person is a 25-1 mass ratio, which makes for a 2.5 times worse impact for the pedestrian than if a small car hits a large human.

All these numbers only serve to underscore what we all know already intuitively; when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, they are subjected to enormous forces and are likely to suffer a significant injury. So what can you do if you have been the victim of a vehicle strike? That’s something  A pedestrian accident lawyer can tell you.

Any time a vehicle hits a pedestrian, someone is at fault. And with epidemic levels of distracted driving and American traffic laws designed to protect pedestrian safety, in a majority of cases, the culpable party will be the operated of the striking vehicle. A pedestrian accident lawyer can help victims settle insurance claims against a driver’s insurance company or even file suit to cover their costs.

 Any pedestrian hit by a vehicle will need medical care, and the person who caused the accident, and their insurance carrier will be liable for covering their medical bills. But with huge costs possible and the prospect of millions of dollars in liability should a pedestrian be killed (a chilling but very real possibility), insurance companies aren’t always quick to assume liability. And even if they do recognize that they’re responsible, they often will try to settle claims quickly and for less than they could be worth. That’s why any pedestrian that’s been struck by a vehicle needs to contact a pedestrian accident lawyer to represent their interests and make sure they get the settlement they deserve.

If you or a loved one is in need of a professional pedestrian accident lawyer, Long Island Law is there for you.

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