Wheelchair Bound, A Target For Vehicles
Nelson Pacheco was in a construction accident a few years ago. It left him in a wheelchair, but his spirits are still high. He admits that he is still getting used to his new mobility restrictions, but he is doing well. Unfortunately, he is also a target for careless motorists.
“I’ve had a lot of close calls. I’ll be crossing in the crosswalk, and a car will turn wide, beating me across,” said Pacheco.
Last month, one of those close calls became a hit-and-run.
Pacheco was hit by a driver in Glendale at 67th Avenue and Union Hills Drive.
“She took off the front of my scooter and ran over my feet then headed northbound on 67th Avenue.”
Pacheco wants to remind drivers to pay more attention, and here at Lorona Mead, we could not agree more. Pedestrians, whether they are in a wheelchair or not, are targets for careless drivers.
In 2017, Arizona saw a total of 1,702 pedestrian crashes. Here is the scary part:
- There were 1,510 pedestrian crash injuries.
- There were 226 pedestrian crash deaths.
Do the math. Pedestrian crashes are dangerous. Almost every one of them results in an injury or death.
Pedestrians have virtually no protection against the weight of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. When the driver is negligent and reckless, they are putting so many lives in jeopardy.
A pedestrian is much more vulnerable than people in vehicle crashes, and the following injuries are common:
- Major internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken and dislocated bone
- Major lacerations
It usually takes major medical interventions for someone to recover from these injuries. That could mean surgery as well as extended rehabilitation for someone to get back on their feet.
How much time can you afford to spend away from work?
Does your family depend on your paycheck?
These accidents happen because drivers are often careless when it comes to watching out for pedestrians. They are exasperated by distracted drivers and drink drivers who are a menace to everyone on the roadway.
All too often, pedestrians are hit when they are using lawful crosswalks simply because a driver is in a hurry to get to their destination.
Any time a driver’s negligence contributes to a pedestrian accident, that driver should be held accountable.
What To Do Now
We know that any crash you experience is scary. That is why we want to help. In the aftermath of an accident, you will have so much to deal with. The last thing you should have to focus on is how you will afford all of your accident-related expenses. If insurance does not offer enough, or if they offer nothing at all, you could be in financial trouble.
At Lorona mead, we will provide you with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Glendale. We will stop at nothing to get you the compensation you deserve. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 602-388-1025.