On nice days, when the sun is shining and the sky is blue, many people go for walks. Whether with your family, or alone, walking can be considered very relaxing. Even when the sun is not shining, some people walk to get them to the places that they need to go such as work and/or school, depending on what area you are in. However, if you are not paying close attention to your surroundings, you can easily become a victim to those who are considered distracted drivers. Their distraction and your inattention can lead to serious injuries to you or a friend or family member when you are walking. Therefore, if you or a loved one have been injured by a driver while you were walking it is invaluable to contact an experienced Albuquerque pedestrian accident attorney to determine whether you have a case.
Pedestrian Accident in Albuquerque
Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. The leading causes of pedestrian accidents include, but are not limited to: distracted driving; drunk driving; drivers speeding; or pedestrians themselves failing to pay attention to signs, signals and to drivers. Based on National Highway Traffic Association reports, nearly 5,000 pedestrians die in motor vehicle related accidents every year, and more than 76,000 are injured when hit by an automobile.
In New Mexico, the roadways are some of the most dangerous roads around the country for pedestrians, which have led to New Mexico having the highest death rates for pedestrians according to the National Highway Traffic Association. Furthermore, in Albuquerque, specifically, it is the most populated city in the state of New Mexico and with more people walking and driving these accidents occur at a higher rate. Also, amongst the population, children and the elderly are mostly the victims of pedestrian accidents because they tend to be the most vulnerable pedestrians. Lastly, unlike an auto accident, pedestrian accidents tend to be far more serious because you do not have the same protections as you would if you were in an automobile. That is why seeking legal advice is important if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident.
Need Legal Advice?
If you were a pedestrian and were injured due to the distraction of a driver, then you know better than anyone that the injuries you have sustained are serious and you are in need of support as well as resources. With pedestrian accidents comes medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss wages if you were unable to go back to work immediately, which can put a strain on your financial situation. Though this may be a time where you are frustrated and in need, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. Contact an experienced Albuquerque pedestrian accident attorney at Khayoumi Law Firm to discuss your case and to strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case. Contact our office today for an initial consultation.