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
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.
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What You Should Do After a Pedestrian Car Collision
After an injury from a pedestrian accident, many people aren’t sure what to do. 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 what story the driver is telling about the incident. That way, you and your attorney can discuss 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
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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:
- 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.
- Look twice before crossing. Even if you are crossing at a traffic light and have the walk signal, always check your surroundings.
- 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 road.
Find Compassionate Legal Care after a Pedestrian Collision
A pedestrian does not have the same protections as a rider in a car has, so injuries after such an accident can be devastating. If you or someone you loved has suffered such an injury, call the experienced attorneys at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault with any questions.
Jonathan Ashton, Partner and Personal Injury Attorney, began his law career at GT&B in 2007 as a law clerk. He was hired as an associate immediately after passing the Ohio Bar in 2008. Jonathan practices in Personal Injury, representing clients who have been injured and need justice and compensation for them to move forward in their lives.