Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
The saying goes that pedestrians always have the right away. While the truth is a little more nuanced, the general principle holds. Cars, trucks, and suvs should yield to pedestrians. The reason is simple: pedestrians can be and often are killed when run over by a motor vehicle. The human body was not built to withstand a hit from a 3,000 pound car. Even at low speeds, pedestrian accidents often take an innocent pedestrian’s life.Types of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
There are countless situations where a vehicle can strike and kill a pedestrian. However, we often see them in these situations:
- Parking Lot Accidents: Pedestrian Accidents often happen in places where cars and pedestrians have similar access. Parking lots fit this description. Whether it’s a mall or apartment building, pedestrians are often struck by inattentive drivers. While these accidents are often at relatively low speeds, they can still be fatal. This is especially true if a car strikes a child.
- Crosswalk Accidents: Crosswalks are another part of the roadway where pedestrians and vehicles often mix with fatal consequences. Everyone knows that drivers must yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. But, a driver who doesn’t pay attention can cause fatal accidents by striking a pedestrian. Whether it’s the pedestrian being hit by the car or being thrown to the pavement, fatal accidents are sadly common.
- Sidewalk Accidents: When a pedestrian walks on the sidewalk, they’re doing everything right. But sometimes an out of control vehicle leaves the road, enters a sidewalk, and kills an unsuspecting pedestrian. This includes intersection accidents where a car is driven off the road into the sidewalk.
At Marcotte Law Firm, we understand that losing a loved one likely has turned your whole life upside down. Your life will never be the same. This is true regardless of whether you lost a parent, child, spouse, or other loved one.
Losing a loved one entails two distinct losses: emotional loss and financial loss:
- Emotional Loss: This is the loss of the relationship that you have with your loved one. There are countless ways that this manifests itself. For example, you won’t be able to share time with your loved one doing the things you used to do together. You won’t be able to share milestones with your loved one, whether it’s a wedding or the birth of a child. Your relationship, which should have continued for years and decades, ended on the day your loved one passed away.
- Financial Loss: In many situations, your loved one was a vital part of providing for your family. This includes the loss of a parent or spouse who was the family’s breadwinner who went to work every day to put food on the table. But, it also includes a parent or spouse who stayed at home. Especially by taking care of children, a stay at home parent/spouse provides many services that would cost significant sums if performed by someone else.
At Marcotte Law Firm, we know the financial and emotional toll that losing a loved one takes. We know that no amount of money will ever be enough. We use this knowledge to represent many families who have lost loved ones. We hold the person or company accountable for taking your parent, child or spouse ‘s life.
If you lost a loved one who was hit by a car, call the pedestrian accident attorneys at Marcotte Law Firm for a free consultation.