Pedestrians have a gross disadvantage when utilizing roadways to get where they need to go. With distracted driving increasing, more and more drivers are not paying attention to people walking along roadways or crossing the street. This is evidenced by the 46% growth in pedestrian accident fatalities that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported in its latest study. In 2009, the organization reported that pedestrian fatalities were at their lowest point in many years – the new report shows that these fatalities have almost doubled over the last nine years.
The report states that this increase in fatal pedestrian-vehicle accidents occurred mostly at nonintersections and on busy roads designed to push traffic towards freeways. There has also been a rise in pedestrian-car accident fatalities in the dark. The most common vehicles involved in these accidents have been SUVs and vehicles with high horsepower. In 2016, there were 5,987 pedestrian-motor vehicle accident deaths. Those accounted for 16% of all traffic fatalities. That number represented the highest rate of pedestrian deaths since 1990.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Injuries Include:
The root cause for most pedestrian-car accidents are negligence. Pedestrians aren’t always blameless, to be sure, but it’s certainly the case that many car drivers struggle to safely operate their vehicles around pedestrians.
- Intoxicated driving
- Running red lights and hitting pedestrians in the crosswalk
- Right turns through crosswalks without looking for pedestrians
- Distracted driving, such as driving while texting
- Illegally parked cars making it difficult to see pedestrians and bicycles
These injuries don’t just cause extensive pain and suffering, they also carry with them staggering medical expenses. A personal injury case can help you handle the heavy burden brought on by the driver’s negligence.
Our Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Can Help
You or your loved one could receive compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages, medical bills, permanent disability, and other damages. This area of law is very complicated; there are exceptions and technicalities that if you do not know the law can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is why it is imperative you contact The Pisanchyn Law Firm’s experienced pedestrian accident lawyers to guide you through this difficult time.
If you or a loved has been hit by a car, don’t suffer any longer. Call our pedestrian injury attorneys toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation.