Pedestrians are Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents Every Eight (8) Minutes
According to the National Highway Traffic Association (NHTA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle accident every eight (8) minutes. Worse yet, a pedestrian is killed in a motor vehicle accident every two (2) hours. To that end, approximately 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 65,000 injured in motor vehicle accidents every year. And while more pedestrians are injured in urban motor vehicle accidents, pedestrians generally suffer more serious injuries or death in rural motor vehicle accidents.
There are a number of ways to protect pedestrians from accidents, but many are not implemented for various reasons. Some examples of safety precautions include:
- Improving roadway design
- Multiway stop signs (at intersections)
- Barriers between sidewalks and roadways
- Slower speed limits
- Speed bumps
- Refuge islands in the medians of busy two-way streets
- Increased lighting
- Relocation of bus stops
- Relocation of parking spots
- So much more
Those Injured in a Pedestrian Accident May Have Multiple Claims
Depending on the specific facts of the accident, those injured in a pedestrian accident may have claims against multiple defendants, including the driver that caused the accident, the state, city, or township in which the accident happened, the designer, manufacturer, and distributor of the motor vehicle that caused the accident, and many others. Additionally, the injured pedestrian may also have claims against his/her own insurance company for medical payments, income loss benefits, uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits, funeral expenses, and much more.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much, much more. Our goal is not just to secure compensation for your immediate needs, but to ensure that your future needs are protected as well.
For examples of our success in pedestrian accident cases, please visit our Notable Victories page.
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