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The Dangers of Pedestrian Accidents

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pedestrians, Will County personal injury attorneyThe frequency of pedestrians being hit by vehicles seems to be on an upward climb. Countless factors can contribute to pedestrians being knocked down, and such accidents can lead to very serious injuries and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2012. An additional  76,000 pedestrians were injured.

If this has happened to you or a loved one, you should consult with with a personal injury attorney who can look at the merits of your case. You may be eligible to receive a cash settlement as compensation for your injuries, treatment and pain and suffering.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

In an age where people are more conscious about the environment, utilizing alternative transportation is often a laudable choice made by many individuals. In big cities like Chicago and New York, mass transit is encouraged to ease congestion traffic congestion and gridlock. On busy streets, however, crowds of pedestrians often fill the sidewalks in a seemingly endless flow.

While pedestrians of any age are at some risk, the dangers are elevate for certain groups, including the elderly and young children. Visibility is often the concern when it comes to younger pedestrians.

Common factors that contribute to such accidents occur include:

  • Setting: nearly three out of four pedestrian fatalities occur in cities or urban environments;
  • Dangerous corners: vehicles attempting to turn are more likely to hit a pedestrian than those continuing straight;
  • Time of day: decreased visibility and increased distractions make nighttime more dangerous;
  • Alcohol: when alcohol is a factor, the dangers are magnified for all involved;
  • Careless or inattentive driving: drivers who fail to obey traffic signals or who drive distracted can easily hit an unseen pedestrian; and
  • Speed: travelling faster makes it more difficult for a driver to stop quickly.

Even in crosswalks where pedestrians, by law, have the right of way, those on foot are not necessarily safe. Only about 60 percent of pedestrians say they expect drivers to stop for them when they are waiting to cross at a crosswalk.

The resulting injuries can be horrific and often fatal. Musculoskeletal injuries to legs and upper body are common.  A pedestrian may even end up somersaulting over the car, hitting the roadway, and suffering serious injuries or death. Children are especially prone to traumatic brain and back injuries.

Caring Legal Representation

Finding the right legal help is crucial in order to bolster the strength of your case. Attention to detail and a full investigation and a comprehensive understanding of the law is important. Beside the content of your case, there are procedural considerations to which an experienced attorney will be attentive.

If you have been injured as a pedestrian, contact an experienced Joliet personal injury attorney. Call the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. for a free consultation. We are equipped to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pedestrian_safety/

http://safety.transportation.org/htmlguides/peds/types_of_probs.htm

http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/Safety1nNum3ers/august2013/SafetyInNumbersAugust2013.html

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