Pedestrian accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence in Wisconsin. Depending on the details of the accident and how it occurs, the impacts can be severe, disabling, and potentially fatal. At Groth Law, S.C., our Wauwatosa pedestrian accident lawyers provide the professional legal representation you need when these kinds of injuries happen. We can advise you on how to hold responsible drivers accountable for the damages you suffer, so you can get the compensation you need to recover.
Pedestrian Accidents In Wisconsin
According to the latest available statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), nearly 1,300 people were injured as the result of pedestrian accidents in our state during 2015, while more than 50 died as the result of their injuries. Pedestrian accidents occur roughly every 6.6 hours in Wisconsin. This represents an increase of close to 10 percent over the previous year.
Pedestrian accidents in Wisconsin are more likely to occur on weekdays, in particular between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Those between the ages of 15 and 24 are among those most likely to be involved in these accidents, while older adults are most at risk for suffering potentially fatal injuries. Factors that often contribute to pedestrian accidents include:
- Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections;
- Accidents which occur near driveways and in parking lots;
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Accidents in which speed, distracted driving, or running stop signs or red lights is a factor.
Texting while walking or walking while under the influence of alcohol can also put pedestrians at risk, making you more likely to step off the sidewalk or to cross busy streets without first looking to ensure traffic is clear.
Common Types of Pedestrian Injuries
With nothing to protect pedestrians in a collision with a motor vehicle, pedestrian accidents tend to be more serious and potentially deadly than in other types of collisions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that the severity of injuries suffered is generally related to a variety of factors, such as the age and size of the victim, the speed at which the car was traveling, and where actual impacts between the car and the pedestrian occurred.
At Groth Law, S.C. our Wauwatosa pedestrian accident lawyers represent clients suffering from the following types of injuries:
- Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle or tendon sprains, strains, and tears;
- Broken bones and multiple fractures;
- Severe cuts and lacerations;
- Abdominal injuries, result in damage to body organs and internal bleeding;
- Back and neck injuries, including damage to the spinal cord;
- Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Any of the above can have serious impacts on your health, requiring ongoing medical care and treatment, along with extensive physical rehabilitation. During this time, you may be unable to work or provide for yourself, and may end up suffering permanent disabilities as a result.
Damages You May Be Entitled To Through A Pedestrian Accident Claim
At Groth Law, S.C., our Wauwatosa pedestrian accident lawyers work hard to get those who have suffered serious injuries the compensation to which they are entitled. In many cases, you may be able to seek compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance company to cover any medical expenses and lost wages you have suffered.
Unfortunately, these companies have a financial motive for denying or downplaying claims. They may end up disputing your injuries or the extent of the damage suffered. If a reasonable settlement offer cannot be reached, it may be in your best interests to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under Section 893. 54 of the Wisconsin statutes, you have up to three years after an accident occurs in which to file your claim. Damages you may be entitled to seek in this type of claim include:
- Medical expenses, which include ongoing and future costs you are likely to incur;
- Lost wages and any future losses in earning you may suffer due to lasting disabilities;
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish caused by your accident and injuries;
- Punitive damages, meant to punish at fault drivers for conduct that was particularly reckless or negligent.
Contact Our Wauwatosa Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
When you or someone you care about suffers serious injuries as the result of a pedestrian accident, Groth Law, S.C. provides the experienced legal representation you need to recover. Contact our office to request a face-to-face consultation today. We provide legal guidance you count on to help you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.