Records from the National Safety Council (NSC) say that about 70,000 pedestrian accidents occur in the US every year. Of these, about 4, 500 are either fatal or end in the victim’s death a few days after the accident (the NSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental public service organization that promotes health and safety in the US by helping minimize the alarmingly high number of preventable injuries and deaths in working environments, homes and communities).

Fatal pedestrian accidents are frequent in rural areas where vehicles run faster, where there are usually no sidewalks where pedestrians can walk safely, and where most streets and intersections are poorly lighted at night. One common factor in fatal pedestrian accidents, however, is intoxication; either an intoxicated driver or an intoxicated pedestrian.

Pedestrian accident is, and should be, a concern of everyone, for the simple reason that everyone is a pedestrian at certain times of the day. While drivers play a major role in significantly reducing incidences of pedestrian accidents, pedestrians themselves should never exercise lesser care when crossing any street because even minor accidents can result in serious injuries, and ongoing pain and suffering that would leave those injured with serious emotional, psychological, and financial burdens. To make matters worse, those who have to contend with these serious side effects are not the ones at fault in the accident that hurt them.

Most non-fatal pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries, like broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or accidental amputation. Due to the serious condition a victim may end up in, filing a civil or tort lawsuit against the at-fault driver often becomes necessary, mainly for the purpose of seeking compensation for all present and future damages resulting from the injury.

It is explained and strongly emphasized by Toronto personal injury lawyers at Mazin & Associates, PC, “When other people are neglectful, there are often serious repercussions for innocent bystanders. From irresponsible driving habits that cause accidents to cutting corners during the design of a product, negligence can cause a great deal of undue harm to unsuspecting victims. When you are hurt because of another person’s actions, it should not fall on you to endure the additional financial consequences of the injury. Your medical costs, rehabilitation, and any other treatment you need for your recovery should be compensated by the party that hurt you.”

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