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 2018 Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State, 2018 is projected to have the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. since 1990. During the 10-year period from 2008-2017, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 35 percent.
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 2017 - US Department of Transportation
- 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic fatalities in 2017.
- On average, a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in a traffic crash.
- Nearly one-fifth (19%) of the children 14 and younger killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
- 91% of the pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes that involved a single vehicle.
- Nearly 1 out of every 5 pedestrians killed (19%) were struck in crashes tat involved a hit-and-run driver.
Traffic Safety Facts 2017 Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released in March 2019. 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.