An area woman was killed in a serious pedestrian crash in East Memphis that took place in the early morning hours.
Authorities state that 20-year-old Sarah Chow was attempting to cross I-40 northbound when she was hit by a teenage driver, whose name was not released. The driver stated that although she swerved to avoid Ms. Chow, her 2006 Honda Civic still struck the victim almost head-on. Ms. Chow was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries; she was subsequently pronounced dead. During their investigation, police discovered what they believed to be the victim’s damaged car parked behind a concrete bunker on the west side emergency lane.
The 18-year-old motorist, who only had a learners’ permit, was cited for driving without a license.
Call a Lawyer First
In the aftermath of a crash, victims are normally extremely disoriented due to the blow to the head they almost inevitably receive, the shock of the collision, or both. For example, a New York City woman recently walked away from a near-fatal crash that involved an overturned car, but she was struck and killed by a passing motorist when she tried to retrieve her cellphone from the wreckage.
The same dynamic appears to be present in the above story, because it is highly unusual, to say the least, for an adult woman to attempt a foot crossing of a busy interstate. It is fair to speculate that Ms. Chow was disoriented following the crash and simply not thinking clearly.
The shock that victims experience underscores the need to call a lawyer before calling the insurance company. While the adjuster probably means no harm, the scripted questions are calculated to force victims into making admissions that later make it difficult to obtain maximum compensation.
In a similar vein, no matter what the circumstances are, never admit fault or try to defend your actions. Furthermore, instead of saying “I’m sorry,” say something like “I’m sorry this happened to you” or “What can I do to help?”
A pedestrian is injured every seven minutes in an auto-pedestrian crash; a pedestrian is killed in incidents like these once every two hours. The high fatality rate, which is more than 50 percent higher than automobile drivers or passengers, is because persons in a car or truck are protected by seatbelts, front airbags, a steel cage, and usually other protective devices, while pedestrians are completely exposed to danger.
Some of the common injuries in pedestrian crashes include:
- Head Injuries: When a victim’s head slams into the concrete or another fixed object, there is only a thin layer of bone to protect the head.
- Disfigurement: Road burns and facial scars will get better over time, but they typically never completely heal.
- Broken Bones: These injuries, especially in the extremities, often require metal pins or screws to set and extensive physical therapy follow-up.
Damages in a pedestrian crash normally include compensation for both economic losses, like lost wages, and non-economic losses, including emotional distress.
A pedestrian-auto collision typically has lifelong effects. For prompt assistance in this area, contact an aggressive personal injury attorney today. You have a limited amount of time to act.