Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian accidents in 2019 continue to be a major problem. Though there are many pedestrian safety initiatives as well as technology improvements designed to help drivers warn of any obstacles in front of them, serious injuries and fatal pedestrian accidents continue to happen in disturbing numbers. This is borne out by an article authored by Nicklaus Deshais of the Spokesman Review. It was pointed out that date from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that between 2010 and 2017, annual nighttime pedestrian and cycling deaths climbed 46% in the US. In his article, Mr. Deshais noted that in 2017 alone, 4,440 pedestrian and 364 cyclists were killed after dark on American streets. Additionally, Spokane County from 2015-2017 had 26 such fatalities with 15 occurring after dark.
Pedestrian Accidents Aren't Uncommon
Thousands of pedestrians are injured each year as a result of collisions with cars, trucks, bikes, and other vehicles. Pedestrian deaths are the second most frequent cause of death from car accidents. Thus, walking on or near a roadway can be very dangerous. Caution should always be used to be aware of traffic flow and to wear clothing that is easily seen by drivers. Persons walking are at risk of injury or death even when they are being careful because it’s more difficult to be a defensive pedestrian than a defensive driver.
According to a study prepared by NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) in 2008, pedestrian safety is a very real concern.
- The NHTSA’s report documents that one pedestrian was killed in traffic every two hours.
- Further, one pedestrian sustained injury from traffic every eight minutes.
- Approximately nine out of ten pedestrian fatalities happen when weather is not a contributing factor.
Pedestrian Accidents can Happen to Anyone
While pedestrians may attempt to be very aware of the many potential dangers to look for while walking near a roadway, it can only take a moment of distraction or one negligent driver for a serious accident to happen.
If you are injured as a pedestrian, you should call Charles Bean & Associates, PLLC, for a free consultation to see if we’re able to help you recover for your injuries.
After a pedestrian accident, it’s important to gather all the information you possibly can concerning the accident including:
- Names and contact information of all available witnesses
- Names and insurance information of all drivers involved
- Information and photographs of the accident scene including location, traffic lights, and timing
- Witness statements, if available
What To Do After a Pedestrian Accident
Following a pedestrian accident, you should do the following:
- Call 9-1-1 for police and emergency personnel to come to the scene without delay
- Take pictures of the accident scene
- Never admit fault
- Get medical help
- Never speak with the at-fault insurance adjuster or sign any papers for them without first calling Charles Bean & Associates, PLLC, for a free consultation
- Contact the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Charles Bean & Associates, PLLC. Call us for a consultation as soon as possible following an accident. We can greatly improve your case by properly preserving the evidence and getting witness statements. It is critical that you talk to an attorney before speaking with the adjuster for the at-fault insurance.