Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
According to the U.S. DOT Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there were 4,784 accidents involving pedestrians in 2006. On one hand, you have a car or truck that weighs thousands of pounds and on the other you have a pedestrian who is completely unprotected. As you can well imagine, in the scenario where a car or truck strikes a pedestrian, serious injuries are likely to result. Experienced Pedestrian Injury Lawyers see these unfortunate cases, and their consequences, every day.
Accordingly, it is critical for drivers and pedestrians to act defensively when they are on the roads. Examples of defensive behavior to prevent a pedestrian accident include:
• observe all traffic controls
• hold your child’s hand so that they do not run in front of a vehicle
• cross only at designated areas; never jaywalk
• look both ways before entering a roadway or intersection
• walk in the direction of traffic
• wear bright colored clothing if at all possible when you know you will be walking on public roads
• do not use umbrellas to shield yourself from rain or wind in a way that blocks your view of oncoming traffic
These common sense tips, which are all too often forgotten by pedestrians, can help to reduce the likelihood of a pedestrian accident. Drivers also can take defensive measures to reduce the likelihood of injuring a pedestrian. For example, driver should always:
• observe all traffic laws, including stopping at crosswalks and stopping for red lights
• never drive while intoxicated
• never pass a school bus, no matter how rushed you are
• always observe speed limits
• drive as if the “other person” is likely to do something irrational
Sadly, these common sense “rules of the road” are ignored far too often as we rush about to accomplish our daily routines, and the consequences can be grave. Pedestrian accidents are likely to result in serious personal injuries, such as brain injuries, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, lost limbs, and perhaps even death.
When that happens, you need to consult with an experienced Lancaster, Pennsylvania pedestrian accident lawyer. A Pennsylvania pedestrian accident attorney at Haggerty & Silverman can assist you in managing your claim with your insurance company, the hospital, physicians, and the other party’s insurance company. We will vigorously pursue recovery against all parties responsible for your pedestrian injury claim. Please contact one of our pedestrian injury specialists at 888-243-4326 for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many people are killed in pedestrian accidents each year?
A: In 2010 there were over 4,250 people that lost their lives in pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents.
Q: How many people are injured in pedestrian accidents each year?
A: There are about 70,000 injuries reported each year from pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents.
Q: Is walking less safe than driving?
A: Between 1995 and 2010 there has been a drop of 23% of fatalities but it is difficult to answer this question without knowing how many people are walking and how many people are driving every day.
Q: When are most pedestrian accidents?
A: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 48% of all pedestrian fatalities occur between Friday and Sunday with 70% of those occurring at night between 4pm and 4am.
Q: How many people in Pennsylvania are injured or killed in pedestrian accidents?
A: In 2010 4,474 people were injured in traffic collisions and 148 died (79 of which were hit by a vehicle while entering a crossing location and 26 while running, jogging or playing.