Lincoln, NE- Motorist often have trouble thinking beyond their vehicles and can be oblivious to the presence of pedestrians. That lack of awareness led to 4,735 pedestrian fatalities and over 60,000 injuries in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
An accident occurring this week in Omaha serves as an example of the seriousness of pedestrian accidents. That accident happened Thursday, May 28, around 4:15 p.m. at an intersection as a motorist was making a left turn and plowed into a 67-year-old man crossing the street.
According to Omaha.com, an 18-year-old man was making a left turn off of Douglas Street onto 28th Street when he struck the man. Police say the victim has a crossing signal and was using the crosswalk when he was struck.
The pedestrian suffered a serious but nonlife-threatening brain injury and collapsed lung. Charges against the driver are pending, Omaha.com reported.
Pedestrians over the age of 65 are one of the primary groups that are a greater risk of being injured in a pedestrian-auto accident. The NHTSA estimates that this age groups represents 16 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents in the U.S.  Men, children and pedestrians in urban areas are also primary risk groups for pedestrian-auto collisions.
Broken bones, spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries are common injuries pedestrians suffer when struck by a vehicle. Over the course of their treatment and recovery, these types of injuries can be costly and should not come out of the victim’s pocket if their collision was caused by an inattentive driver.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is your best interest to speak with a Nebraska accident attorney to discuss how you can recoup your medical and other accident-related costs from an at-fault motorist.
There are instances in which pedestrians are partially to blame for traffic accidents because the fail to exercise due caution. They may be inattentive, intoxicated, defy traffic signals and often cross outside a crosswalk. When any of those circumstances contributed to their collision, a pedestrian may be considered partially responsible for their collision. Even though a pedestrian may have contributed to their accident, a motorist is not completely absolved of their responsibility and the victim may still be eligible for compensation under Nebraska’s personal injury statutes.
In personal injury cases where a victim is partially responsible for their injuries, they still may qualify for compensation as long as they are not considered over 50 percent responsible for an accident. This is called modified comparative negligence and can be difficult for the victim to understand. For that reason, pedestrian accident victims need the advice of a personal injury lawyer in Nebraska.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident in Lincoln, USAttorneys can connect you with an accident attorney Jim Cada who will evaluate the circumstances of your accident and determine if you are eligible for compensation. It is critical you speak with an attorney before deciding you are not eligible for compensation of before you accept a settlement that may be far less than you are entitled to receive.

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