Central Pennsylvania Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Lawyers
ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING CLIENTS IN LANCASTER & YORK
The number of car accidents and fatalities on American roads has declined since the 1980s. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for pedestrian accidents. In fact, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association expects a 10% spike in pedestrian fatalities nationwide for 2015.
If you were a pedestrian hit by a car, schedule a free consultation with Hagelgans & Veronis. Our pedestrian accident attorneys can help you recover financial compensation for physical injuries, lost wages, and emotional trauma.
What is a Pedestrian?
In legal terms, a pedestrian is anyone not traveling in a car or other motorized vehicle. This includes bicyclists, skateboarders, rollerbladers, etc. In fact, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points out, almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point every day.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
According to AAA, the risk of a pedestrian dying in an accident increases based on the speed a car is travelling. For instance, if a car is going 23 mph, the pedestrians has a 10% chance of dying. At 32 mph, the risk increases to 25%; 42 mph is 50%; 50 mph is 75%; and 58 mph is 90%. This risk increases exponentially when the vehicle is a light truck or tractor-trailer.
Severe injuries are common inpedestrian-vehicle collisions. We often see pedestrians with these types of injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Bone, ligament, or disc injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s 2015 Crash Facts and Statistics, pedestrian related car crashes make up 3.2% of all traffic accidents but account for 12.8% of all traffic accident deaths.
Pedestrian fatalities had been on the rise in Pennsylvania for the past five years but those numbers saw a drop in 2015 when only 153 pedestrians were killed; an almost 8% decrease from the 166 deaths seen in 2014. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian accident injuries rose from 3,985 in 2014 to 4,002 in 2015.
What is truly shocking is what these pedestrians were doing at the time of the accident. Of those killed, 39.2% were crossing at an intersection or walking in front of a driveway. Over 30% of fatalities occurred while the pedestrian was walking, running, jogging, or playing. Additionally, 5.9% of pedestrians killed were standing still and the remaining 24.8% fall into the “other/unknown” category.
Statistically speaking, Pennsylvania men are more likely to be killed in a pedestrian-vehicle collision. Around 65% of all pedestrian deaths in 2015 were males, a slight reduction from 66% in 2014.
On a national level, individuals 65 and older make up 20% of all pedestrians killed and 11% of those injured. Further analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2014 Fact Sheet shows that 19% of children 14 and younger who are killed in traffic accidents are pedestrians.
The day of the week and time are also factors in pedestrian accidents. According to the NHTSA, 25% of pedestrian accidents occurring on weekdays are between 6 and 8:59 p.m. By contrast, 30% of pedestrian accidents occurring on weekends happen between 9 and 11:59 p.m.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
Pedestrian vehicle accidents can be cause by a driver, a pedestrian, or a combination of the two.
Accidents caused by motorists are often the result of:
- Failing to yield to the pedestrian
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Vehicle equipment failure (lost brakes, bald tires, etc.)
- Poorly maintained or debris ridden roads
Accidents caused by pedestrians are often the result of:
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Walking next to high speed traffic
- Walking in the road instead of on the sidewalk
- Being intoxicated
As a pedestrian, you should be safe if you walk on the sidewalk, cross only at intersections, and obey traffic signals. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Pedestrians who are doing nothing wrong are struck by vehicles, injured, and killed every day.
At Hagelgans & Veronis, our attorneys serve pedestrian accident victims in Lancaster, Quarryville, Mount Joy, York, and the rest of the central Pennsylvania area. We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve and get you back on your feet. Call 717-295-7009 for a free consultation.