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Seeking monetary recovery after nonfatal pedestrian injuries

In Alaska and throughout the nation, thousands of pedestrians are killed each year in accidents involving motor vehicles. Tens of thousands suffer nonfatal pedestrian injuries, sometimes struggling for weeks, months or even years to obtain complete physical recovery. Some are so severely injured, they are left incapacitated for the rest of their lives. In each of these situations, it is only right that those who suffer be allowed to seek monetary judgment against those deemed responsible.

Various factors often lead to collisions involving pedestrians. High on the list is distracted drivers, who may be texting or otherwise taking their eyes off the road. Even if bicyclists or people crossing streets are following traffic rules and doing everything to remain visible, drivers not paying attention may hit them.

Motorists who get behind the wheel after using drugs or alcohol also pose significant dangers to pedestrians. Children under age 10 are most at risk for being struck by drunk drivers or other careless motorists. When a child is injured, a parent or guardian may act on his or her behalf to seek legal accountability against the person or persons deemed responsible.

Serious nonfatal pedestrian injuries often require long-term medical care and physical therapy in recovery. Such care is often quite expensive and may leave an injured victim reeling from financial debt. A successfully litigated claim in Alaska can provide compensation to help offset any expenses associated with the incident. To begin the process of filing a claim, it is often helpful to contact a personal injury lawyer, who can help identify liable sources and determine the maximum amount of damages that may be submitted to the court.

Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents Overview", Accessed on Oct. 24, 2016

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