In the hands of a distracted driver, a motor vehicle can be a dangerous and deadly weapon. The average automobile weighs 4,000 pounds (two tons), and is capable of speeds of over 100 miles per hour. This combination of weight and speed creates a lethal machine when it comes into contact with another vehicle. But, when a car hits a person, the accident can be devastating.
A story from Oklahoma City’s News9.com illustrates the danger motor vehicles are for pedestrians. On September 11th, a pickup truck traveling westbound on I-240 Service Road ran a red light and collided with another truck headed north on Pennsylvania Avenue. The collision sent the second truck flying over a curb where a woman was standing with a child. Luckily, the child wasn’t hurt, but the woman got trapped under the vehicle and suffered serious injuries.
Everyone understands risks a pedestrian takes when crossing a busy street. But, as the above incident shows, even standing on the sidewalk can be hazardous.
Between 2003 and 2012, motor vehicles caused 177 pedestrian deaths in Oklahoma City, ranking us the 20th most dangerous city for pedestrians in the U.S. If you’ve been injured by a motor vehicle, you need to contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney right away. Insurance companies will be eager to get you to agree to a settlement that might not be enough to pay for your injuries.
The Oklahoma City office of Attorney Ray Maples will fight to get you the compensation you rightly deserve. He has represented hundreds of clients and won them millions of dollars in settlements. Call Attorney Ray Maples today at (877) 478-3737 for a free consultation.