When a car accident results in pedestrian injuries, the victim and their loved ones are left dealing with the repercussions. These roadway accidents are incredibly traumatic and can often result in costly medical expenses.
While walking on an Odessa, Texas sidewalk, one woman was left injured after a car accident caused her to suffer life-threatening injuries. A minivan driving eastbound hit a pickup truck turning from the westbound lane. The pickup truck did not yield to the oncoming minivan, which caused the car accident to occur. The collision forced the pickup truck to hit Alma Almaiah, who was walking on the sidewalk at the time. Almaiah was sent to a local hospital where she was then airlifted to Lubbock with critical, life-threatening injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents and Pedestrian Injuries
There are many different risks and dangers associated with pedestrian accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person is injured in a pedestrian accident nearly every two hours. Annually nearly 150,000 people are killed as a result of these accidents.
When a person is hit by a motor vehicle, they can suffer many different pedestrian injuries, including damage to the abdomen, chest, extremities, and head. Factors including the driver’s speed, the type of vehicle, and the pedestrian’s age and health all affect the severity of injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident. Auto pedestrian accident injuries can include:
- Head or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Internal injuries
- Pelvic injuries
- Spinal cord injuries or paralysis
- Bone fractures
- Wrongful death
Pedestrian accidents occur for a multitude of different reasons. Driver negligence is often a top cause, as drivers distracted by their cell phones tend to look away from the road and miss seeing people walking or riding their bikes nearby. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents are:
Failing to yield to pedestrians: Pedestrians often have the right-of-way when interacting with vehicles at an intersection. When negligent drivers fail to yield to pedestrians, an accident can occur resulting in pedestrian injuries or even death.
Distracted driving: Distracted driving occurs anytime the driver of a vehicle is not paying attention to the road ahead. Common distracted driving behaviors include texting, talking with other passengers in the car, eating and drinking, adjusting the radio or climate controls, and more.
Ignoring traffic signals and rules: In addition to distracted driving behaviors, blatantly ignoring traffic lights, signs, and general rules of the road can be incredibly dangerous to other drivers and pedestrians. It is incredibly important that drivers obey all traffic laws to prevent an accident from occurring.
Driving under the influence: There is no excuse for drunk driving or driving under the influence. This puts other drivers and pedestrians in harm’s way, as alcohol and other substances make it difficult to operate a vehicle due to slow reaction time, inability to reason properly, and dangerous behaviors like speeding and swerving in traffic.
Walking while under the influence: It’s not just drivers who drink. Even pedestrians walking while under the influence of alcohol or other substances can endanger themselves by not being able to move out of the way fast enough or walking into oncoming traffic.
Protecting Lubbock Pedestrians
Many pedestrian accidents are preventable and due to the fault of careless or negligent drivers. Victims of these accidents and their loved ones can suffer greatly due to critical pedestrian injuries and even the death of the victim. If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group are here to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation and to discuss your claim.