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Pedestrian accident results in $4.5 million settlement for a woman who suffered brain injuries

According to the Seattle Times, the county paid a $4.5 million brain injury settlement to a woman who suffered brain injuries after a city bus struck her. This settlement came only two weeks before the scheduled trial.

The victim was crossing the street when a Metro bus mirror hit her. The county admitted its negligence in the matter. According to the woman’s personal injury attorney, the woman was crossing in a crosswalk and the bus driver did not adequately watch for pedestrians.

As a result of the accident, the woman suffered personal injuries, including a brain injury and a shattered arm. It is unlikely that the woman will regain her prior mental capabilities, and therefore, she lost her job as a staff attorney. The settlement will go towards paying for her medical care expenses and lost wages.

In 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), 4,092 pedestrians were killed in United States in traffic crashes. Additionally, roughly, 59,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes. On average, a pedestrian was fatally injured every two hours and injured every nine minutes in these accidents.

Pedestrian accidents, such as the one described above, are often the result of another’s reckless or negligent actions. An attorney can help a victim assess whether a party’s negligence caused the accident and subsequent injuries. For example, according to the NHTSA, drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in marked crossing areas, and even unmarked crosswalks in most circumstances.

Our Chicago injury attorneys have successfully handled many pedestrian cases, winning millions of dollars for victims. As example, the firm won a record-setting $10 million settlement for a boy. A Chicago Fire Department truck ran over the boy, causing him to lose his leg and part of his pelvis.