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How Serious Are Pedestrian Accidents in the U.S.?

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Pedestrian fatalities declined by 4 percent in the first half of 2023. While that's a positive trend, the grim reality is that the number of pedestrian deaths is much higher than 2019 levels in Connecticut and across the country.

The Governors Highway Safety Association published a report on pedestrian fatalities earlier this year. According to an NPR article, an official from the GHSA said there has been modest progress, but much work needs to be done to reduce the number of fatalities. "We will have a major pedestrian crisis," said Russ Martin, the senior director of policy and government relations for GHSA.

The number of pedestrian deaths climbed to a four-decade high in 2022 before dropping slightly in the first half of 2023.

How do pedestrian accidents happen?

Pedestrian accidents can occur due to various factors but often are traced back to a driver's negligence. Understanding the common causes of pedestrian accidents can help promote awareness and enhance safety measures. Here are some reasons why pedestrian accidents happen:

  • Distracted Driving: Drivers distracted by smartphones, texting, talking to passengers, or other activities may not be fully aware of their surroundings, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Speeding: Drivers exceeding speed limits have a reduced reaction time, making it harder to avoid pedestrians, especially in areas with heavy foot traffic.
  • Failure to Yield: Drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, particularly at crosswalks or intersections, can lead to accidents.
  • Intoxicated drivers: Impaired drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs may have compromised judgment and coordination, increasing the likelihood of accidents.
  • Reckless Driving: Aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and ignoring pedestrian right of way, can result in accidents.

What should you do if you are injured in a pedestrian accident?

If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, taking specific steps to ensure your safety, well-being, and legal rights is essential.

Here are some of the most important steps:

  • Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Your health is the top priority. Call for emergency medical assistance or go to the nearest hospital or urgent care facility for prompt medical attention. Never try to diagnose yourself. Some injuries, such as internal organ damage, can have delayed onset symptoms.
  • Contact the Police: Call the police to report the accident. A police report can document the details of the incident, which can be crucial for insurance claims and legal proceedings.
  • Exchange Information: Obtain the at-fault driver's name, contact information, and insurance details. If there were any witnesses, collect their contact information as well.
  • Do Not Admit Fault: Refrain from making statements that could be interpreted as an admission of fault. Stick to the facts when discussing the incident with the police and other parties.

Hit by a car and injured? Contact us today

If you were injured or a loved one died in a pedestrian accident, seeking legal help from an attorney experienced in such cases can make a meaningful difference in the outcome of your claim. A pedestrian accident lawyer can help you understand your rights, guide you through the legal process, and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Contact the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone and Morelli today for a free consultation.

We know how to deal with insurance companies, which can be complex and difficult for injury victims who are not experienced in handling communication with adjusters. Our firm can provide legal guidance and conduct a comprehensive investigation into what happened.

Talk to us today. When we handle a pedestrian accident case, we work aggressively for our clients, ensuring their rights are protected throughout the legal process. We will work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

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