Most of us understand that driving a car is inherently risky. However, sometimes, just crossing the street comes with its own hazards. Pedestrian car accidents are tragically common – and not just in big cities. Throughout the Midwest, drivers cause devastating injuries to pedestrians. Allow the personal injury attorneys of Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault Co., LPA, to help you or a loved one who has been the victim of a pedestrian car crash.

 

Facts about Pedestrian Car Crashes in the United States

 

Pedestrian car crashes are a tragic reality in the United States. These accidents result in significant physical and emotional trauma to the victim and their families. As an attorney who has handled numerous cases of pedestrian-car crashes, I have seen firsthand how these accidents can change lives forever. Understanding the facts behind these accidents can help in preventing them from happening in the future.

In recent national statistics, the CDC reported that nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in traffic collisions. About half of those deaths were the result of impaired driving. Sadly, these accidents are common. Pedestrian fatalities increased by 53% in the United States over the last ten years. In 2020, an estimated 6,721 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents, an increase from 6,406 in 2019. Reports show that pedestrians are more vulnerable to life-threatening injuries and fatalities in car accidents than any other road user.

Drunk driving is a leading cause of pedestrian accidents in the United States. The NHTSA reports that 47% of pedestrian accidents resulting in a fatality involved alcohol consumption by either the driver or the pedestrian.  Another major cause of pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. The advent of cell phones and other handheld devices has made it easier for drivers to lose sight of the road, posing significant risks to pedestrians. The NHTSA reports that 20% of pedestrians killed in 2020 died in distracted driving accidents.

 

What You Should Do After a Pedestrian Car Collision

 

Many people are unsure what to do after an injury from a pedestrian accident. After an accident, you should:

  • Call 911 and get medical care. This is important even if you think you are okay. Some injuries aren’t apparent until hours or even days later.
  • Take pictures if you are able. If you can’t take any pictures of the scene, ask a witness or someone nearby to photograph where the collision happened, any debris, as well as any injuries.
  • Request a police report. It’s best to know the story the driver tells about the incident. That way, you and your attorney can discuss the next steps.
  • Call our firm. Contact the attorneys at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault at your earliest convenience to ensure all your rights are protected. They will help you with all aspects of your accident, including dealing with insurance agents. Be careful of speaking with any insurance company before you talk with one of our attorneys.

How to Avoid a Collision

 

Some accidents are inevitable, and, as a pedestrian, there is no way to prevent them. However, you can lower your risk of a collision with a car while walking. Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Always be aware. Pedestrians need to remain vigilant at all times when walking near vehicular traffic. Pedestrians should do their best to stand out to traffic and to make sure they are always visible to the oncoming traffic.
  2. Look twice before crossing. Always check your surroundings, even if you are crossing at a traffic light, and have the walk signal.
  3. Use crosswalks and lights. It may be easier and quicker to cross against the light or without the crosswalk, but it can be very dangerous – and you aren’t in control of what fast-moving cars will do if they aren’t expecting someone to be walking across an area of the road.

 

Find Compassionate Legal Care after a Pedestrian Collision

 

Pedestrian car crashes are a serious matter that can result in severe injuries or permanent disabilities. These accidents can even be fatal, leaving families devastated and struggling to cope with the aftermath. If you or someone you know has been involved in such a collision, seeking legal help from a reputable attorney is essential. With the guidance and support of an experienced lawyer, victims can obtain the compensation they deserve and hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. It is important to remember that both pedestrians and drivers can take steps to prevent these accidents and make our roads safer for everyone. If you were injured, our team of personal injury lawyers is here to help. Contact us at 419-843-6663 or via our online contact form to get the compensation and justice you deserve.