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One Pedestrian is Killed Every Two Hours while One is Injured every Seven Minutes

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Walking, more than jogging or any other activity that people do on foot, is the most common pedestrian activity. Today, it has even become the preferred way of transportation for tens of thousands of Americans.

So many factors, however, put pedestrians’ lives at risk – the first of these factors is motor vehicles, followed by bicycles, especially those ridden in parks, jogging lanes or walk lanes, and then there are the faded or absence of crosswalks (especially in rural areas), uneven and/or cracked sidewalks that can be a cause of trips and falls, debris on walkways, and roads that are inadequately lit at night.

Records from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) show 4,743 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2012 plus 76,000 more which resulted in injuries (some of these injuries also led to death a few days after the accident); this means one pedestrian killed every two hours and one injurious accident every seven minutes. There was a very slight decrease in the number of fatalities in 2013, at 4,735; however, in 2014, the number again increased to 4,884.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation had safety of pedestrians and bicyclists its top priority. It convened University Transportation Centers (UTCs) and other transportation agencies and started the Safer People, Safer Streets program. In this program, the different transportation agencies were asked to conduct road safety assessments, as well as identify and remove barriers to improve non-motorized safety.

Pedestrians, obviously, do face great risks – in rural areas, but more so in urban settings where traffic is almost always heavy. The only sad thing about these risks is that majority of these are results of negligence.

Pedestrians accidents, however, as mentioned in the website of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, can occur not only in crosswalks or public streets, but also in public parking lots, such as malls, supermarkets, commercial establishments, parking garages or private driveways. Legal liability also differs from one case to another due to differences in circumstances surrounding the accident.

Whatever the circumstances, continued the said law firm, injured victims require the same thing: “a straightforward answer about the likelihood of being able to collect financial compensation to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.” Though proving liability in a pedestrian accident can be a really challenging task, a victim, or his/her family, may be able to ascribe fault to the driver of the motor vehicle, but only through the help of a highly-qualified personal injury lawyer. It will be a wise move not to take chances with just any lawyer as this can cost the victim the compensation that he/she has the legal right to claim and which will enable him/her pay for the treatment that will lead to his/her recovery.

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