Milwaukee residents know that highways and roadways can be dangerous places. From small fender-benders to fatal crashes, automobile accidents occur nearly every day. However, when there is negligence behind the wheel of a motor-vehicle, no place is off-limits for potential serious injuries and fatalities. Sadly, pedestrians know this fact better than most.
Recently, a 32-year-old woman was walking out of the local Comet Café with a group of friends when she was struck by an SUV, which fled the scene. The woman died from the injuries sustained in the hit-and-run accident. The woman was a nursing student and witnesses say she had just become engaged two days prior to the fatal accident.
Pedestrian accidents are often accompanied by very serious or fatal injuries to the victims since pedestrians are very vulnerable to accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association indicates that nearly 80,000 pedestrians suffer from injuries resulting from pedestrian-vehicle accidents every year. While victims of vehicle-vehicle accidents have some protection from impact, pedestrians have nothing to soften the impact of collisions.
Victims of pedestrian-vehicle accidents are able to receive compensation for the injuries they suffered as a result of a negligent driver. The victim would have to meet specific criteria in order to succeed in a lawsuit. In addition, even if the pedestrian contributed in some way to the accident, they may still be able to collect damages from the other party. In the above mentioned case, the victim's family may be able to receive damages from the responsible party in the form of a wrongful death suit.
Pedestrian-car accidents often require a detailed analysis of the facts of the case. The amount of recovery will depend on the victim being able to prove the negligence of the other party and that their injuries were a result of this negligence. Experienced personal injury professionals in the Milwaukee area are available to assist victims of pedestrian or car accidents and make sure victim's rights are protected.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman killed in hit-and-run accident near Comet Cafe", Aug. 11, 2013