Fargo Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorneys
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of the road, along with bicyclists and motorcycles. You could argue that they’re even more vulnerable, since there’s typically no way to escape when a car is bearing down on them. As a result, they are more prone to suffering catastrophic, life-altering injuries – or even worse. Treatments for these types of injuries can take years, and the victim will very likely never be able to get back to the quality of life they once enjoyed.
At Sand Law, our attorneys have years of experience representing people who have been severely injured after being hit by a car. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’ll keep you completely updated throughout the entire process, and fight passionately on your behalf to ensure you get all the money you deserve from those whose negligence led to your suffering.
North Dakota Pedestrian Accident Statistics
It might be hard for you to believe, but a pedestrian is struck by a car once every three days on average. Between 2015-2019, 624 pedestrians were hit in North Dakota. Amazingly, “only” 480 of them suffered injuries. You would think every pedestrian would have been not just hurt, but severely hurt.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
There were, however, 30 pedestrian fatalities during that period of time. What makes these tragedies even worse is that all of them could have been prevented. These are just a few of the reasons why pedestrian accidents take place.
- Distracted driving. It only takes a few seconds for a motorist to lose focus, possibly striking an innocent pedestrian in the process. Drivers can be distracted by talking to their passengers, daydreaming, putting on makeup or looking for something in their car. Or by talking and texting while behind the wheel.
- Impaired driving. Far too many people operate vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They can’t react as quickly as a result, and may wind up striking a pedestrian when they had no idea they were even there.
- Dangerous driving. When motorists drive while they’re frustrated or stressed out, they might engage in reckless behavior. This can include speeding, recklessly cutting off other drivers, or running red lights and stop signs. When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk and a driver is reckless, the results can be devastating.
Injuries Associated with Pedestrian Accidents
Obviously, pedestrians don’t wear protective gear like motorcyclists and bicyclists. They don’t walk around wearing helmets. So, when they get hit, the results are usually horrible. These are just some of the more common injuries they suffer.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI can make even everyday tasks seem impossible. This type of injury will typically require intensive treatment. Not to mention years of physical therapy. Even then, victims will very likely not get back to the way they were before they were hurt.
- Back and neck injuries. The impact from being struck by a car can result in severe trauma to the back and neck. If the spinal cord is affected, an injury victim could be permanently paralyzed.
- Internal injuries. Sometimes a pedestrian will be hit and not even realize how badly hurt they are. Adrenaline will flood the body after an accident, masking symptoms. But if internal injuries aren’t treated immediately, the injury could be fatal.
Pedestrian Rights and Responsibilities in Fargo
In Fargo, North Dakota, pedestrians have specific rights, especially when using crosswalks. Motorists are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks, ensuring their safety. However, pedestrians also have responsibilities.
They should always use crosswalks when available, obey traffic signals, and avoid jaywalking. Being aware of these rights and responsibilities can help reduce the risk of accidents and ensure safer roads for everyone.
Safety First: Tips for Pedestrians to Avoid Accidents
While pedestrians are vulnerable on the road, certain precautions can enhance safety. Always use designated crosswalks and wait for traffic signals. Wearing reflective clothing or using lights during low visibility conditions, such as nighttime or fog, can make pedestrians more visible to motorists.
Avoid distractions, like using a phone, when crossing streets. By being vigilant and proactive, pedestrians can significantly reduce their risk of being involved in an accident.
Motorists and Pedestrians: Sharing the Road Safely
Both motorists and pedestrians play a role in ensuring road safety. Motorists should always be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially in areas with high foot traffic or near schools. Reducing speed in pedestrian-heavy zones, being cautious while turning, and always checking for pedestrians before reversing are essential practices for drivers.
On the other hand, pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers when possible, ensuring they are seen. Mutual respect and awareness can go a long way in preventing accidents and ensuring safety for all road users.
What to do After a Pedestrian Accident
It can be nearly impossible to expect anyone to be able to think clearly when they’ve been hit by a vehicle. However, trying to keep as clear a head as possible will be extremely important when that victim attempts to obtain compensation. The reason is that the more evidence they can obtain at the scene of the accident, the stronger their case will be.
If at all possible, try to take pictures of the scene, as well as any injuries you’ve suffered if you can. Of course, after you’ve sought the medical attention you need. Call the police so an officer can come out and file an accident report. And exchange contact information with the driver of the vehicle.
After you’ve received medical treatment, get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you do this, the faster your legal representative can get to work uncovering even more evidence.
Proving Negligence in Fargo Pedestrian Accidents
The importance of solid evidence can’t be overstated. It can make or break your case. The insurance company of the negligent driver is going to do everything it can to reduce the amount of money they will have to pay you. In a perfect world – at least from the insurer’s perspective – they won’t have to pay a dime.
It will be up to your attorney to find the proof needed to convince the insurer that you deserve every dime to which you’re entitled.
So, how will your attorney do this? One way will be to obtain a copy of the police report and find out if the officer who arrived at the scene is of the opinion that the driver was at fault. There’s also a good chance a nearby surveillance camera captured footage of the accident. That could be the powerful evidence needed to ensure you receive full compensation.
Receiving Compensation For Your Injuries
Your attorney will do everything possible to convince the insurance company that it will be in its best interests to offer you a fair settlement. But if one isn’t forthcoming, your legal representative will be more than willing to take the case to a courtroom. The vast majority of personal injury cases such as pedestrian accidents never go to court. But a good attorney will be ready to do just that – and also be well prepared to win – should a trial prove necessary.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
If you want the best possible chance to get the money you deserve for your injuries will be to hire a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney. At Sand Law, we have a team of them. Our firm has a long track record of success in these kinds of cases, and we’re ready to put our deep knowledge to work for you.