According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-involved crashes resulted in approximately 430,000 nonfatal injuries in 2010. When individuals who are impaired get behind the wheel of a car or truck, they pose a risk to everyone around them. This is especially true for pedestrians, who are more difficult to see and also lack the protections of a vehicle body. Pedestrians who are struck by drunk drivers often sustain serious and life-threatening injuries. As a result, the law allows them to recover for their losses by filing a personal injury claim. Retaining an experienced attorney can help pedestrian victims of drunk drivers get the full value of their legal claim and hold those responsible for their injuries accountable.
Pedestrians can sustain serious injuries
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic. Some of the more common injuries that can occur include the following:
Traumatic brain injuries
Spinal cord injuries
These and other injuries that people can sustain in car accidents can have potentially life-long consequences. In the most serious cases, they may even leave people with disabilities that keep them from working or being able to care for themselves. Fortunately, the legal system can compensate them for both their economic and non-economic losses, including the cost of ongoing care, past medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life. The most effective way to ensure that you get the full value of your claim after a pedestrian accident caused by a drunk driver is to retain a Brooks personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident happens.
Contact a Brooks personal injury attorney for a free consultation
The legal team at Shane Smith Law is dedicated to helping people injured in drunk driving accidents recover for their losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.