What is it Called When Someone Gets Hit by a Car?

What is it Called When Someone Gets Hit by a Car?

A pedestrian accident occurs when a person traveling on foot is struck by a car, truck, or other motor vehicle. The injuries in these accidents are often debilitating because victims have little to no protection, which results in the body absorbing the force of the impact. Most pedestrian accidents happen at intersections, crosswalks, parking lots, and highways.  

If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, then the motorist who struck you could be responsible for the losses you have incurred. Our team of pedestrian accident lawyers at Ellis Law is here to help you get the most out of your personal injury case. A settlement cannot erase the harm you suffered, but could provide you with the resources necessary to get your life back on track. We invite you to schedule a free consultation.  

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries 

The specific injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident depend on which part of the body absorbs the impact. Some of the most common include the following: 

  • Fractures of the arms and legs 
  • Internal bleeding 
  • Cuts, bruises, and lacerations 
  • Amputation 
  • Traumatic brain injuries 
  • Spinal cord injuries 
  • Paralysis 

Any one of these injuries could lead to a viable case for compensation. It is essential for a pedestrian who has been struck by a motor vehicle to discuss their legal options with a Los Angeles pedestrian injury accident attorney as soon as possible.  

What Are Compensable Damages in a Pedestrian Accident? 

Building a successful pedestrian accident injury case can result in the victim recovering fair and reasonable compensation for damages and losses. Numerous factors can determine the outcome of a civil lawsuit, e.g., the severity of the injuries and how they have impacted the victim’s life. 

Your attorney cannot promise that your case will be successfully resolved in settlement negotiations or at trial. However, compensable damages may include the following: 

  • Past and future medical expenses 
  • Lost wages 
  • Diminished future earning power 
  • Emotional distress 
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Scarring and disfigurement 
  • Mental anguish 
  • Loss of consortium 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that “nearly 8,000 pedestrians were killed on our nation’s roads in crashes involving a motor vehicle in 2021. That’s about one death every 66 minutes.” These statistics underscore the need for skilled legal counsel to protect your rights.  

Schedule a Free Consultation with Ellis Law 

You have the right to pursue legal action after being struck by a careless driver. Dealing with severe injuries, such as a concussion or complex fractures, after a pedestrian accident can be challenging, especially if you are unable to return to work. A civil lawsuit could provide you with the compensation you need to cover your losses so you can focus on healing. 

Ellis Law is ready to leverage our substantial resources and experience in your case. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.