Pedestrian accidents are serious incidents that have the potential to take thousands of lives each year.
According to the NHTSA Z (National Highway Traffic Safety Association), pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2011, totaling 4,432 deaths. Additionally it is estimated that over 69,000 people were injured. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in pedestrian related crashes. There are many traffic laws in place that protect the rights of pedestrians. Still, pedestrians are hit by drunk, reckless or inattentive drivers with alarming regularity. And, even when these accidents occur at very low speeds, injuries to an unprotected pedestrian can be quite substantial.
Driver Responsibility Not Limited Just to Crosswalks
Pedestrian injury accidents are not limited to those individuals crossing in crosswalks. Drivers also have the responsibility to watch out for pedestrians on or near the roadway. Drunk or inattentive drivers have allowed their vehicles to swerve off the road, causing injuries to those unlucky enough to be in their path. Motorists also need to be vigilant in parking lots or areas pedestrian frequent.
Other types of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are not limited to those caused by moving vehicles. Municipalities have codes specifying the configurations and construction of sidewalks, curbs, ramps and other related pedestrian passageways. Improperly designed or installed walkways, speed bumps, or curbs can be serious hazards to many pedestrians, especially pedestrians needing special assistance or those who are not readily mobile.
Pedestrian Accidents - Determining Fault and Compensation
For individuals involved in a pedestrian accident, whether it be vehicle related or stemming from a different cause, determining which party is at fault will be a primary factor in the fight for compensation. It is in your best interest to obtain an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Do not settle with an insurance company, for it is their best interest, to settle the case in their favor. Depending on the speed of the vehicle, Injuries can be severe enough to cause permanent disability or death. Allow Pirrone and Pirrone to properly handle your case. We can advise you on your legal rights and discuss all available options. Pedestrian accident lawsuits can be complex cases to determine liability and our firm can use every available tool and resource to perform an investigation.
Pirrone & Pirrone can assist you in obtaining the best possible compensation for your injuries. We completely understand the many complexities of the law and the necessary requirements to insure that your case is resolved in a fair and expeditious manner.
The next step is to discuss your accident and evaluate your injuries so we can determine your future legal needs. We can prepare your case in a way that insurance companies understand and accept. We will help you to fully document all aspects of your case including your injuries and the circumstances of your accident.
Do not delay. Call or e-mail us today, so we can start resolving your case quickly and efficiently.
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