Oklahoma City Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
At Maples Law Firm, we treat fighting on behalf of the injured as a calling. We combine practical experience with zealous advocacy to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions. We're here to fight for your needs and rights when insurance companies pressure you to settle the case without considering the real costs of your injury or losses. We'll assemble the expert team of professionals to protect your rights and establish your case in court. Most importantly, we will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve in the face of a traumatic life event.
In our vehicle-heavy society, pedestrian accidents are a terrible reality. Each year, about 69,000 pedestrians are injured by motor vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly 5,000 people each year die as a result of pedestrian injuries. On average, a pedestrian is injured by a motor vehicle every eight minutes, and a pedestrian dies in a motor vehicle accident every two hours. In 2008 alone, 51 Oklahoma pedestrians lost their lives after being hit by a car, truck, or similar vehicle.
Pedestrian accidents are more common in cities than in the country, due to the higher numbers of both pedestrians and motor vehicles. But a pedestrian accident in the country is more likely to be fatal, since cars are usually traveling faster.
Although many pedestrians take precautions to protect themselves from injury, such as watching carefully for oncoming cars and wearing highly visible clothing, merely being a pedestrian is still a dangerous activity. Many drivers do not look long enough or hard enough for pedestrians before pulling out onto the road, or they are distracted by traffic, passengers in their vehicles, or other events or objects. Young children are especially at risk of being struck by a motor vehicle because of their short stature and their impulsiveness, which may cause them to step into the road before checking that the coast is clear.
The financial cost of pedestrian accidents can be staggeringly high. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, the total cost of pedestrian accidents is $5.2 billion per year - and those are only the accidents that involve children. Of course, the personal costs of lost opportunities, disability, or the untimely loss of a beloved family member are much greater.
After a pedestrian accident, even simple tasks can seem overwhelming. Although recovering from your injuries should be your only priority, too often the days and weeks after an accident are a confusing mess of medical bills, missed obligations, and arguments with insurance companies that seem to go nowhere. If you've been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may need the assistance of a skilled attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please don't hesitate to contact Maples Law Firm anytime, day or night. Call us toll-free at (888) 226-6159. Our attorneys and staff will quickly return your e-mail or call to set up a free and confidential consultation to discuss your personal injury case.
We also have a personal injury intake form that you can fill out.