It is important for drivers to yield to pedestrians who are legally crossing the street, as they have right of way. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident while crossing the street or walking on the sidewalk, it is important to consult with a skilled Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyer at The Heslin Law Firm. We have over 30 years of experience helping injured victims recover a fair and just compensation for lost wages, future lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Pedestrian Accident Overview
Statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that over 50,000 people are injured in pedestrian accidents each year and over 4,000 people die as a result. Statistics also show that children ages 10-15 and elderly citizens over 75 are at the highest risk for crosswalk accident injuries.
Many people involved in a pedestrian accident are usually crossing the street, casually walking on the sidewalk, walking a dog, or exercising. Due to a lack of protection, getting hit by a car will cause serious bodily injuries. After being hit by a vehicle such as a car or a motorcycle, the chance of life-threatening head injury, brain injury, or spinal cord injury is very high. These types of life-threatening injuries can require constant medical care and treatment. Many people who survive never regain their once enjoyed quality of life.
Crosswalk/Pedestrian Accident and Injury Statistics
Consider these statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2009, 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States were among people age 65 and older.
- The leading cause of death in children ages 11-14 was due to motor vehicle crashes.
- The number of pedestrian fatalities has decreased by 13 percent since 2001.
- In 2010 pedestrian accident deaths made up 13 percent of all motor vehicle traffic accidents.
- About 73 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred in an urban setting versus a rural setting.
- In 2010, over 4,000 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 sustained serious injuries.
Determining Liability After an Accident
Often, it can be quite difficult to determine which party is liable. However, if a pedestrian was in a crosswalk or following traffic procedures, establishing liability may be simple for an experienced attorney. Unfortunately, many car crash cases involve pedestrians crossing against traffic or walking outside of safe walking areas. In a situation where a driver is speeding or is distracted, it’s possible to file a claim, even if you’re partially to blame.
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In our over 30 years of experience, we have helped pedestrians recover financial compensation for their injuries due to a pedestrian traffic collision. If you have injuries due to the wrongdoing of another person or party and are wondering if you have a case, please call The Heslin Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with a skilled Philadelphia attorney.