While going about daily errands and work, pedestrians should not have to fear for their safety from vehicles while walking to and from their destinations. Our sidewalks and parking lots should be danger-free areas where pedestrians can safely walk. Unfortunately, due to driver negligence, pedestrians can often be in danger of serious personal injuries or death.
According to an article by the Mundelein Review, one man was killed in an Aldi parking lot when he was struck by a car. The car was exiting an aisle in the parking lot and turned left when the driver suddenly heard a thud. The pedestrian died from blunt force to the head.
Pedestrian accidents are especially dangerous because of the differences in size, weight, and speed between a vehicle and a person. To put this into perspective, the average American male weighs 195.5 pounds, and the average American female weighs 166.2 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, according to Slate, the average new American car in 2011 weighed 3,221 pounds. To elaborate on the effects of this, consider the following. Let’s say that the average American male, mentioned above, weighing at 195.5 pounds is standing in a parking lot after going about doing his grocery shopping. Then, the average new American car, mentioned above, is traveling in the parking lot at a velocity of approximately 15 mph negligently not paying attention to the pedestrian. The laws of physics tell us that momentum of all objects before a collision equals momentum after the collision (the car would transfer its energy to the pedestrian). The momentum lost by the car would then equal the momentum gained by the pedestrian, who absorbs the impact of a 3,221 pound vehicle traveling at 15 mph. This is why something that is travelling a great deal faster and that weighs significantly more can cause serious personal injuries or death.
If a pedestrian survives being struck by a car, the victim is often left with permanent and life-altering injuries, such as broken bones, nerve damage, paralysis, or lost limbs. Such injuries are not only incredibly painful but result in high medical costs and lost wages. If you have been injured or if a loved one has been killed from a pedestrian accident, our firm is here to help you in a free consultation. We have over 20 years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death, among other areas of law, and would be happy to hear your potential case. You may be able to hold the driver liable for negligence and obtain the financial compensation and justice that you deserve.