If you have been injured as a pedestrian in Murphy, you most likely suffered significant injuries. If you were hit by an automobile, you may have suffered broken bones, internal injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, or worse. Pedestrians in Murphy lack the protection that an automobile provides, and may be seriously injured or killed by distracted or reckless drivers.
According to the CDC, over 150,000 pedestrians are treated in emergency rooms in the U.S. annually. Almost 5,000 pedestrians are killed every year in incidents involving vehicles. The severity of the injuries is closely linked with the speed of the automobile involved. If a car is travelling 20 miles an hour and strikes a pedestrian, the chance of a fatality is only five percent. If the car is travelling at 40 miles an hour, the chance of a fatality jumps to 85 percent. Most pedestrian accidents in the U.S. happen in urban areas However, in rural areas, pedestrian accidents are more likely to be fatal – likely because of the speed at which the vehicles travel.
There are some common causes of pedestrian accidents in Murphy. Almost half are caused by a failure of the driver to yield. In addition, over 50 percent of accidents involve a vehicle that is turning. Pedestrians crossing at an intersection must be very vigilant in looking for turning vehicles that may not see them. Most turning accidents involve vehicles turning left, not right.
If you have been the victim of a Murphy pedestrian accident, you need to take steps to protect your legal rights. How you choose to pursue the case can have a large impact on your ability to recover. The injured party has the burden of proving the driver was negligent. An attorney can help gather evidence that can prove your case and help obtain compensation.
If you have been injured in a Murphy pedestrian accident, call the Murphy pedestrian accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-382-9630. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.