Pedestrian collisions have lead to some of the most serious injuries that we have seen from our clients here at Premier Law Group. The speed of an approaching car makes it almost impossible for a pedestrian to avoid a negligent driver, and the force of the vehicle can make for devastating injuries. In most pedestrian collision incidents, it is likely that the driver of the vehicle who is at-fault. The medical bills that often accumulate due to an accident like this can be massive. Because of this, if you have been involved in a pedestrian collision, it is imperative to seek legal advice from experienced personal injury attorneys to make sure you get the money you need to make up for all of your damages. To reduce your risk of being hit by a car when walking down the street, make sure you follow all of the road signs and keep a look out for anybody on the road that appears to be driving erratically.
In 2009, there were 1,786 pedestrian collisions in the state of Washington. Of those collisions, 287 of them resulted in serious injuries, which equates to about 1 in every 6 pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, fatalities are proportionately high as well, with 61 wrongful deaths resulting from pedestrian collisions in 2009. At Premier Law Group, our lawyers are all very experienced in handling personal injury cases, and understand the importance of fighting the insurance companies to get pedestrian collision victims the money they need to cover their damages.
Factors involved in pedestrian collisions:
Type of Road: The overwhelming majority of pedestrian collision accidents occur on city streets. The sheer amount of vehicles on the road and pedestrians on the sidewalk inevitably lead to the 1,215 collisions on city streets. With offices in Bellevue and Seattle, we simply just have to look outside of our windows here at Premier Law Group to see why this statistic is possible. Crowded streets can be confusing for drivers, and pedestrians can do themselves a favor by being aware of this. Interestingly, state routes (highways and freeways) consistently have more fatalities than city streets every year. In 2009, there were only 391 collisions on state routes, but 29 of them proved to be fatal. Cars are travelling at much higher speeds on freeways and highways, so the likelihood of a collision to lead to serious injury or a fatality is much higher as well.
Pedestrian Age: Looking deeper into pedestrian collision statistics show that there is a correlation between pedestrian age and the amount of pedestrian collisions. The three age ranges involved in the most collisions in 2009 all fell between the ages of 10 and 24. In fact, 1 out of every 3 pedestrian collisions involved people in this age range. For parents, this should show how important it is to teach your children to be alert and aware when walking around. Once kids hit this age range, they do a lot more walking without parental supervision, so providing them with a strong basis in pedestrian safety is crucial.
Crossing the Street: The vast majority of pedestrian collisions are due, at least in part, to the car driver not yielding the right of way to a pedestrian. Crossing the street, either in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, accounted for over 1,000 pedestrian collisions in 2009 alone. When a driver is distracted or driving under the influence, their likelihood of running a stop sign or red light greatly increases. As a pedestrian, it is very important to look both ways before crossing the street, but if you do get hit and injured while legally crossing the street, you deserve money to pay for your damages. If you would like the advice of experienced Seattle or Bellevue personal injury lawyers, give Premier Law Group a call at (206) 285-1743 and we can set up a consultation free of charge.