Pedestrian Accidents

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:34 by admin
Pedestrian accidents make up approximately 11% of the total causalities caused by all car accidents. Each year, nearly 5,000 people are killed in pedestrian accidents and another 70,000 pedestrians are injured. Statistics show that pedestrians are at a greater risk for death and injury than all other non-occupant groups involved in motor vehicle accidents, such as bicyclists, skate-boarders and roller-bladders.

Roughly half of all pedestrian accidents occur between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, and children and the elderly are at risk the most in these types of accidents. Therefore, pedestrians must take extra precautions in order to protect themselves from being injured while using the streets and roadways.

There are several reasons why pedestrian accidents occur. In most cases however, negligent drivers are the cause of pedestrian accidents rather than the pedestrians being at fault. This negligence can include:

   • The driver speeding
   • The driver not paying attention while driving
   • The driver being preoccupied
   • The driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol

If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be eligible for compensation and damages for the harm caused by the accident. Therefore, you should speak with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer who can evaluate your claim. In most states, there are time restrictions or statutes of limitations which may bar your lawsuit. So, it is important to act now and let a qualified pedestrian accident lawyer protect your legal rights and help determine what you are lawfully entitled to today.

See Also

  1. Automobile & Motorcycle Accidents
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