Injury lawyers on hand to help pedestrians involved in truck collisions
A terrible accident took place recently on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. An 86-year-old pedestrian crossing the street on a crosswalk and with the light in his favor was struck by a delivery truck. According to news reports, the result was severe head trauma.
The kind of injury the pedestrian sustained can lead to death. Even if he doesn’t die, he could face a variety of serious problems, including the following:
- Paralysis and other loss of motor functioning
- Cognitive deficits, including loss of speech and memory impairments
- Emotional problems
- Pedestrians are vulnerable to vehicles of any size; getting struck by a large truck highlights their relative powerlessness on the roads they share with multi-ton vehicles.
When it comes to accidents involving older pedestrians, the website for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shares the following data from 2012:
The rate of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people in 2012 was higher for people 75 and older than for people younger than 75. The rate was especially high among males ages 80 and older…
Assistance from injury lawyers
The individuals responsible for the accident should contribute to your treatment and rehabilitation afterwards. With an injury as serious as head trauma, this could mean the steep bills for extended hospital stays, surgeries, other expensive medical procedures, medical devices, home modifications, and physical and cognitive therapy.
You may also need assistance with insurance companies to ensure that you’re obtaining the most coverage possible.
Truck drivers may be fatigued or simply inattentive, driving carelessly even though their large vehicles demand extra caution. Don’t hesitate to contact us in the aftermath of an accident. As a pedestrian, you should not have to cope with the serious costs of an accident on your own.