Pedestrian accidents in 2017 continue to be a concern. Despite national and state-wide safety pedestrian safety initiatives as well as technological innovations to help warn drivers of any obstacles in their paths, serious injuries and fatal pedestrian accidents continue to occur in large number.
In fact, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in 2015, that is a disturbing 10% increase from 4,884 in 2014.
Thousands of pedestrians are injured each year as a result of collisions with cars, trucks, bikes, and other vehicles. Pedestrian deaths are second only to car occupant deaths from car accidents. In other words, injuries to those walking on or near the roadways remain an incredibly common problem.
If you are injured, a pedestrian accident lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries. It is important to gather all the information you can about the accident, including:
- Names and contact information for all available witnesses;
- Names and insurance information of all drivers involved; and
- Information about the accident scene: location, traffic lights, and timing.
Witnesses are important because they can furnish evidence as to whose negligence caused the injuries.
Photos and statements from those there during the accident are usually vital parts of subsequent legal accidents.
In general, pedestrians have the right of way. However, you will be questioned as to whether you used due care in crossing the road, whether you used proper crossing locations, etc. A pedestrian accident lawyer can help you address all of these questions and issues to assist in your recovery of compensation.
Legal Help with Pedestrian Accidents
If you or a loved one has suffered a pedestrian injury, The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP can provide the experienced legal help you need. The firm can be reached at 1-800-624-8888 or you can fill out a free online case evaluation form. The initial consultation is always FREE. If we pursue your case, there is no legal fee unless we are successful in getting you money.
Timing is important, because statutes of limitation affect how long you have to file a claim. Don’t delay, contact The Rothenberg Law Firm today.