Pedestrian Accidents and Injuries

As the winter season winds down and more people head outdoors to walk, bike or run, it is important to keep in mind the dangers that exists for pedestrians.
According to the NHTSA, 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.
In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in
traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two
hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.
The 4,280 pedestrian fatalities in 2010 were an increase of 4 percent from 2009, but
a decrease of 13 percent from 2001. In 2010, pedestrian deaths accounted for 13
percent of all traffic fatalities, and made up 3 percent of all the people injured in
traffic crashes.
Important Safety Reminders
  • Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks in most situations. They need to be especially careful at intersections where the failure to yield right-of-way often occurs when drivers are turning onto another street and a pedestrian is in their path.
  • When possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk. Always stop and look left, right, and left again before crossing. If a parked vehicle is blocking the view of the street, stop at the edge line of the vehicle and look around it before entering the street.
  • Increase visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing retro-reflective clothing that helps to highlight body movements.
  • It is much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.

While we hope for your safety, if you have been injured as a pedestrian, you may be able to recover for your injuries. Medical bills from accidents can easily exceed $10,000 and may even reach hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the extent of the injuries and treatment required. Sometimes, people may suffer lost wages if they are forced to stay out of work due to an injury and in some cases people may be unable to return to their previous occupation, which may result in serious economic damages and financial harm. In certain cases, if someone has sustained injuries and cannot return to their trade or occupation, the use of an economist may be required to assist in evaluating the scope of any lost future earnings, which can be substantial.

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, a bicycle, motorcycle or motor vehicle accidentcontact attorney Joseph Curran of Curran & Desharnais, P.C. to discuss the situation and determine the next best steps, or call us directly at 781-618-3197.

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