Two workers were recently killed in a pedestrian accident after an 18-year-old driver who allegedly speeding when he drove up onto the sidewalk. According to Tulsa World, the collision occurred to the west of a construction zone, and the cause is being investigated to determine what criminal charges will be brought against the teen driver.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents often cause fatalities or serious injuries because pedestrians have no protection from the force and impact of a motor vehicle. Even when pedestrians survive the crash, they may have lingering physical and psychological damages as a result. Pedestrian accident attorneys in Tulsa should be consulted to help victims recover compensation for damages and losses.
Life After a Pedestrian Accident
After the fatal pedestrian crash, a co-worker recruited the public and friends of the victims to donate funds to cover funeral expenses and other costs resulting from the fatal crash. Unfortunately, family members after a pedestrian accident routinely have to deal with significant expenses. The law says that these losses should be covered by those responsible for causing the crash, and so a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by surviving dependents.
When people live through an accident, they face not just the financial hit of medical costs and lost income but also lingering psychological problems as well. The New York Times recently reported on what life is like after an accident, sharing first-hand stories from Times reporters and staff members who themselves had been hit by cars.
The author of the Times article had been struck by a delivery vehicle and had undergone surgery to replace a broken left femur as well as the insertion of an inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from developing. He suffered a painful broken pelvis, and had to undergo stitches and blood transfusions as he remained bedridden and immobile in the hospital for days after the collision. Even after he recovered from the physical injuries, he reported that he recalled the accident every time he saw a delivery truck. He also indicated he was much more careful and more fearful on the streets after experiencing the crash.
He recalled receiving a card from someone who he knew who had been hit in the past and who warned him that his life “would probably not ever be quite the same.” This was not just his experience, but also the experience of several other Times staff members who shared their stories.
One victim of a crash called a “pedestrian knockdown,” described being hit by a Toyota Prius as one of the “scariest and most difficult things I have experienced.”
Another said that nearly four years after she had been hit, she could not cross the street without looking both ways multiple times and looking over her shoulder a dozen times as she walked across. If a car got too close, or if she thought that a driver turning in her direction did not see her, she described panicking so much that she would freeze.
Even when the physical pain of a crash heals, the emotional pain may linger. Victims deserve an opportunity to be made whole, and to put the incident behind them.
A Tulsa accident attorney at the Law Offices of Jeff Martin can help. Call 800-980-9205 today to schedule your free consultation.