Pedestrians have just as much right to use Mississippi roadways as trucks, cars, and motorcycles. From walking around your neighborhood for exercise to shopping in downtown Tupelo, pedestrians can always be seen using the roadways. When drivers fail to show reasonable care, they can cause serious injuries to vulnerable pedestrians. These types of accidents demand swift legal action from an experienced attorney.
The Tupelo pedestrian accident lawyers at Mama Justice have handled hundreds of these types of claims throughout our decades of practicing personal injury law. We treat our clients like family and work diligently to achieve the best possible results for their cases.
Our firm believes that being a Mississippi personal injury attorney calls for more than just aggressively and effectively representing our clients. It also entails persistence and compassion. Under the leadership of our founding attorney, Missy Wigginton, AKA Mama Justice, our Tupelo legal team has decades of experience in helping injured victims get through one of the most trying times of their lives. We understand loss and personal injury and will fight for justice on behalf of you or your family member.
A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association states that nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed by negligent drivers in recent years. This total represents nearly 16% of all traffic fatalities in that year. Based on estimates, Mississippi witnessed a 42% rise in deadly pedestrian accidents since 2017, the 6th largest increase in the United States.
Most of these fatal car accidents happened at night, and 32% of pedestrians involved were drunk.
Children trying to cross the street on the way to and from school, elderly people who have mobility issues, and disabled people who require more time to cross the street are extremely vulnerable to being hit by an oncoming vehicle driven by a negligent driver.
Drivers are required to follow traffic laws and exercise due care, especially where pedestrians are concerned due to their decreased visibility. When drivers disregard traffic signals, road signs, and other safety devices, serious and fatal pedestrian accidents often occur.
The main causes of pedestrian accidents in Tupelo include:
When pedestrians are involved in traffic accidents, they are usually left with serious injuries while the driver of the car is completely unharmed. Being able to collect the maximum amount of financial compensation for a claim is going to be essential to their recovery and getting the medical care they need.
Our Tupelo pedestrian accident attorneys handle cases involving:
Unfortunately, pedestrians do not have the same protections available to them as the occupants of a passenger vehicle. If they are in an accident involving a truck, bus, car, or even a motorcycle, they are at risk of a violent impact with a windshield, bumper, or the road itself.
Pedestrian accidents can be devastating, leaving innocent victims with serious head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain damage.
Unfortunately, not every driver obeys the law and stops to render aid after they hit a pedestrian. A study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that about 20% of pedestrian deaths are due to hit and run accidents. Hit and runs are occurring more and more frequently throughout the country, affecting a disproportionate number of pedestrians.
Anytime a driver flees the scene of an accident, it makes it hard for an injured pedestrian to pursue financial compensation. With no identifiable defendant, there is nowhere to begin an insurance claim. Fortunately, injured pedestrians might be able to seek compensation after a hit and run crash under their uninsured and underinsured insurance coverage. These claims are notoriously challenging but an experienced Tupelo pedestrian injury attorney can advise you on the best steps to take to increase your chances of a successful outcome.
After being involved in an accident, it is unlikely that a pedestrian will walk away unharmed. The most likely outcome is that they will suffer serious injuries or death.
Some of the most common injuries in Tupelo pedestrian accidents are:
Not every pedestrian accident is fatal but survivors are often forced to live with permanent disabilities. At the Tupelo law office of Mama Justice, our pedestrian accident attorneys are prepared to guide you through the claims process if you or a family member was injured or killed in a pedestrian accident.
Traumatic brain injuries are one of the more common and devastating forms of pedestrian injuries. A TBI happens when the victim’s head is struck with significant force or penetrated by an object.
Traumatic brain injuries may cause life-long complications associated with:
Due to the fact that pedestrians have no protection from oncoming vehicles, head injuries are more severe than other types of injuries. When a head makes contact with an object, like the hood of a car, it can result in significant trauma to the brain.
No one who decides to take a stroll expects to be hit by a car. Even the most conscientious, law-abiding pedestrian cannot predict when those around them will act negligently, nor foresee the full scope of adversity that is sure to follow.
If you or a family member were injured in a pedestrian accident, you could be entitled to collect financial compensation.
Our personal injury attorneys represent injured pedestrians from Tupelo and all throughout Mississippi. Our clients count on us to get the full amount of compensation they are entitled to following a serious pedestrian accident. We take that responsibility to heart and make our clients our priority.
At Mama Justice, we have a real-world understanding of how seriously this kind of accident will affect your life. When this happens, we are here to make sure you understand your rights and don’t miss any of the details that could negatively impact your claim.
Our clients are our family. If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident, we are here for you. Contact our Tupelo law offices today at 800-670-0567 to schedule a free consultation with Missy Wigginton, AKA Mama Justice.
We handle personal injury claims in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama.