Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Traffic accidents involving pedestrians can result in fatal injuries. Pedestrians injured in car accidents can include walkers, joggers, runners and cyclists. According to the 2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes overview, on average a pedestrian or cyclist is injured every five minutes and killed every hour and half in a traffic accident.
Pedestrians and cyclists who are involved in car accidents or other vehicle crashes have nothing to shield them from the impact of the crash. They are not protected by seat belts or airbags and this can result in very serious injuries and loss of life. Common and severe injuries include brain injuries, back, neck and spinal cord injuries, fractures, crushing injuries and internal injuries. Accident victims injured in this type of vehicle crash through the negligence of another deserve compensation. This includes payment of medical bills, rehab, pain and suffering and lost wages. Our experienced car accident attorneys know how to aggressively pursue compensation on behalf of our injured clients.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics 2015 - US Department of Transportation
- Pedestrian fatalities rose 9.5% to 5,376, reaching their highest number since 1995.
- Pedestrian injuries rose 7.7% to 70,000.
- Pedalcyclist fatalities rose 12.2%.
- Pedestrian fatalities and pedalcyclist fatalities rose at a higher rate than the overall traffic fatality rate.
- The percentage of people killed in traffic crashes outside of the vehicle, including pedestrians, motorcyclists and pedalcyclists, rose to a high of 32%.
Preliminary estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the first half of 2016 show a startling 10% increase in traffic fatalities compared to the first half of 2015. A collision between a vehicle and pedestrian can be fatal, and it is often the result of driver negligence.
Driver negligence in pedestrian accidents
- Distracted driving
- Drunk Driving
- Speeding or other Reckless Driving
- Failure to make a proper stop at a stop sign or intersection
- Hit and Run
Pedestrian accidents can also be caused by defective roadway conditions, such as the improper installation or malfunction of traffic lights or other traffic signals. Other pedestrian car accident causes can include mechanical issues, such as brake failures or poorly designed crosswalks or intersections.
Call an accident attorney today
If you have been hit by a car, truck or motorcycle in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Hazleton or anywhere in Northeast Pennsylvania, we can help. The pedestrian accident attorneys at Distasio & Kowalski can fight to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries or for the loss of a loved one. Whether it’s third party responsibility, such as in the case of a malfunctioning traffic light or traffic signal, or a reckless driver, our car accident attorneys are here to represent you.