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Appleton car accident attorneysPedestrian accidents are extremely common across the United States, with 5,987 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2016. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, our state is no exception, with around 60 pedestrians being killed and 350 being seriously injured every year. The age range of victims varies; however, the highest rates of pedestrian injuries and fatalities occur among elderly people and children between the ages of five and nine. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in every five children under the age of 15 who were killed in traffic crashes in 2016 were pedestrians.  

Why Are Children in Such a High Number of Pedestrian Accidents?

Pedestrian accidents that involve children are often fatal, due to a child’s small size in comparison to that of a motor vehicle. Children’s lack of experience is the most common reason for the dangerous situations they may find themselves involved in. It can be difficult for a child to understand how cars work and how unsafe they can be. Children assume that if they can see the driver, the driver can also see them. They fail to recognize that a driver must process a large amount of sensory input while behind the wheel, making it easy to miss a small child. In addition, a child’s perception of speed and distance is inaccurate. They may think that a car can stop instantaneously and do not realize that they should give vehicles time and space to slow down. Lack of knowledge of traffic rules can cause children to step in front of cars or attempt to cross the street at the wrong time and place.

Physical development is another reason why children are at risk of being injured in a pedestrian accident. Children have one third less peripheral vision than adults, making it more difficult for them to notice oncoming traffic quickly enough to avoid it. The same is true for children’s hearing. Because their senses are still developing, children may not be able to easily determine the direction of a noise, which can make it challenging to alert a child if you are driving in their direction. Most children also have a lack of understanding of what injuries feel like, as well as the extent to which they would be injured if struck by a car or truck.

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Green Bay pedestrian accident attorneyWhen a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, they are likely to suffer severe injuries. These injuries can require both immediate medical attention and long-term care and rehabilitation. Victims are often temporarily or permanently disabled, resulting in significant lost income while they are unable to work. In the worst cases, a pedestrian is killed after being struck by a negligent driver. In the event of a pedestrian accident, victims or their family members should seek out legal assistance immediately.

Injuries Suffered in Pedestrian Accidents

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), analysis of crash data from 2018 shows that the United States saw the highest number of pedestrian accident fatalities since 1990. 6,227 pedestrians were killed, which was a 4% increase from the previous year and a 35% increase since 2008.

Even when pedestrian accident injuries are not fatal, they are likely to be very serious. Motor vehicles weigh several thousand pounds, and even at low speeds, they have a great deal of momentum. A pedestrian who is struck by a car, truck, or other vehicle is likely to suffer the following types of injuries:

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Appleton pedestrian accident lawyer

According to a study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities are at a near 30-year high in the United States. Throughout 2018, a total of 6,227 American pedestrians were fatally injured after being struck by motor vehicles

Here in the state of Wisconsin, hundreds of pedestrians are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions. If you or a member of your family are injured after being struck by a car, contact a trusted personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected and that you get the compensation you deserve. 

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Green Bay pedestrian accident lawyersNearly 6,000 pedestrians are killed each year, according to the most recent data on file with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Another 129,000 are seen in emergency rooms for crash-related injuries. What are these injuries, and how might they impact your life? Learn more in the following sections, including how a seasoned injury lawyer can help you obtain the fair compensation that you and your loved ones deserve. 

Head Trauma (Traumatic Brain Injury)

Head injuries are extremely common for pedestrians, and because they are unprotected, the risk of a serious, life-threatening brain injury is exceptionally high. In the worst of situations, pedestrian accidents can cause fatal swelling or bleeding in the brain. Others may experience long-term (or even life-long) issues with memory, mood, or cognitive functioning. 

Spinal Cord Injuries 

The spine encases the nerves that send messages from the brain to the rest of the body (and vice versa). As such, injuries to this area of the body can be devastating to a pedestrian, potentially robbing them of sensation in certain areas of the body, causing pain if the feeling does remain, or even worse, causing paralysis to parts of the body. 

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Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyersPedestrian accidents have been on the rise for the last several years, and that has resulted in an increase in the number of pedestrian deaths – but fatalities are not the only issue. Multiple and severe injuries that may place the victim and their family at risk for financial devastation are also extremely common. Thankfully, victims do have rights. Learn more about them, and discover how an experienced attorney can help with the process.

Multiple and Severe Injuries in a Pedestrian Crash

While victims may sustain any number of injuries in a pedestrian crash, some are far more likely to result in disability. Trauma to the spine and head are among the most common and concerning, but even seemingly minor ones can result in long-term or life-long disability. Examples of such injuries might include:

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