Let us say you had dinner at one of the fine restaurants in Palm Springs followed by a little window shopping on Palm Canyon Drive to walk off dessert.
The last thing on your mind was a distracted driver who failed to see you step off the curb. As a result, you never made it to that intriguing shop on the other side of the street.
Statistics tell the tale
According to data collected at the offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most pedestrian fatalities occur after dark and at non-intersection locations in urban areas. You may have been about to enter a crosswalk, but as you discovered, that will not necessarily stop a driver from hitting you. Almost 6,000 people on foot died as the result of vehicle-pedestrian crashes across our country in 2016, which equates to one such death every 1.5 hours. In 2015, emergency room personnel treated 129,000 pedestrians for various types of injuries.
Those most at risk
In 2016, 20% of pedestrian fatalities in America were adults aged 65 and older. In 2015, 15% of all injured pedestrians were members of this age group. Children are also a high-risk pedestrian group. In 2016, one in every five children below the age of 15 joined the ranks of those who died in vehicle-pedestrian crashes.
Drivers are often ready with a standard excuse: either the pedestrian darted out from between parked cars or was jaywalking. However, you were doing neither when the distracted motorist struck you on Palm Canyon Drive. Your legal team will undertake an immediate investigation of the incident to determine exactly what happened. Upon the confirmation of driver negligence, you have the right to compensation to cover your current and future medical costs and more. While you focus on recovery, your advocate will negotiate a full and fair settlement on your behalf so you can resume an active life. No doubt you will want to enjoy the occasional evening out minus the frightening chaos of a vehicle-pedestrian collision.