Every 8 minutes, a pedestrian is injured, or worst a pedestrian is killed about every 2 hours in a collision with a moving vehicle according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Imagine if you were just going about your day, perhaps walking over your usual café to grab a cup of coffee before work or taking an afternoon stroll to relieve life’s stresses, when all of a sudden a car comes towards you as you cross a street and you were not able to stop it. Drivers and pedestrians alike can be very easily distracted while traveling on roads they share with one another, placing both parties’ lives in jeopardy. In a recent Boston Globe article, a startling statistic appeared, stating that about 1 in every 4 drivers around the country gets into a traffic crash due to distraction from smartphone use.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines pedestrians as people involved in traffic crashes who at the time were either walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down. In a report about pedestrian fatalities compiled by that agency, in 2013 alone about 4,735 pedestrians were killed in a traffic crash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians most at risk for traffic crashes are adults 65 years and older, and children under the age of 14. Pedestrian accidents could lead to the loss of loved ones, and or permanent bodily and emotional injuries that would require life-long medical care. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include but are not limited to:
- Drivers and/or pedestrians who consume alcohol to the point of being alcohol-impaired.
- Vehicles operating at a high speed.
- Settings with low visibility, such as night time.
- Pedestrians crossing the street at non-designated crosswalks or intersections.
- Travel in congested urban areas as opposed to more spread out places.
Pedestrian accident cases are unique and could be difficult to litigate without professional personal injury attorneys experienced in traffic accident cases. An experienced attorney would know to look out for who is at fault for a collision, the time sensitivity of a case, as well as the dynamics of the collision. Time is particularly important in an accident involving a pedestrian. Attorneys should investigate the scene of the incident as soon as possible to collect evidence before it becomes compromised or destroyed. Depending on the circumstance of the pedestrian accident, there might also be multiple parties liable, such the operator of the vehicle involved, the party responsible for the maintenance of the premises where the accident occurred, and or even the pedestrian.
Here at Mitcheson & Lee, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to representing victims of pedestrian accidents because we understand the hardships they endure. Our attorneys have handled many personal injury cases over the years. We are confident we can help you get the compensation and justice you deserve. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, you or the loved one may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical Expenses.
- Rehabilitation Expenses.
- Lost Wages.
- Pain & Suffering.
At Mitcheson & Lee, our experienced traffic accident attorneys are ready to champion your cause. Our goal is to obtain for our clients and their loved ones what they deserve. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Mitcheson & Lee at 617-933-3880.