If you have been injured as a pedestrian, you may be going through some of the darkest moments of your life. While drivers are protected by a seatbelt, airbag or car frame, pedestrians are not. Even a slow collision can result in serious injuries, or even, death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the numbers of pedestrians injured or killed have been increasing for the last several years. An estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2018. In addition, 6,283 pedestrians were killed. Every 88 minutes in the U.S., a pedestrian is struck and killed by a car or truck.
While motorists must always yield to pedestrians on the road for their safety, it doesn’t mean that in the event of an accident the pedestrian can’t be found at least partially responsible for the accident. Some of the most common situations where this can happen are:
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need solid legal counsel. The insurance company for the person who injured you is already working to protect their client. You need an ally to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Our Weiner, Spivey & Miller attorneys have over 190 years of combined experience in fighting for injured pedestrians to receive the compensation and support they deserve. Experience, resources and tenacity have led to success – earning our clients substantial settlements and jury awards, and earning us the respect of our legal colleagues.
Pedestrian Pinned to Wall by Elderly Driver:
Connie was on the sidewalk in front of a office supply store in suburban Maryland, when an elderly driver mistakenly put her car in drive instead of reverse. The car jumped the curb and hit Connie, pinning her against the building. Her injuries included multiple fractures in: both her left and right legs, her arm, and her pelvis. The skin on both of her legs was badly damaged. Connie had to undergo multiple surgeries, including skin grafting. She spent time in a rehabilitation facility re-learning how to walk. Lawson Spivey and Ed Weiner successfully negotiated a $1,300,000 settlement on Connie's behalf.
Wheelchair-Bound Pedestrian Struck in Crosswalk:
Since childhood, Michel suffered from a genetic neuromuscular disorder, which left him unable to sit upright independently or use his limbs. Through hard work, at 29, Michel had become a successful attorney working for an international bank in Washington, D.C. One evening, Michel was traveling the few blocks home from work, crossing a street in a crosswalk in his motorized wheelchair. His mother, Isabelle, who also worked at the bank, was walking near him. A Ferrari, traveling on a side street, suddenly turned the corner and struck both Michel and Isabelle, knocking them to the ground. Michel suffered a hip fracture, which was inoperable due to his underlying health condition. Isabelle’s shoulder was badly fractured and required extensive physical therapy. Ed Weiner and Gene Miller successfully reached a $1,000,000 settlement at mediation, with payment coming from the defendant driver’s insurance company, as well as the personal assets of the driver.
Man Hit by Car While Counter Protesting White Supremacists in Charlottesville:
Sayeed was 20 years old in August 2017. He was a peaceful participant in a counter-demonstration at the "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. James Alex Fields intentionally drove his car into the crowd, killing Rose Heyer. Sayeed and 28 others were injured. Sayeed's right leg was shattered. During surgery, doctors used metal plates and screws to rebuild the broken bones of his leg. Sayeed spent the next four months in physical therapy and occupational therapy. Ed Weiner negotiated a settlement for Sayeed of $250,000, the maximum available from insurance.