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. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association expects a 10 percent spike in pedestrian fatalities nationwide for 2015.
Pedestrians don’t have the same protection that someone in a vehicle does. Pedestrians involved in car accidents can suffer life-changing catastrophic injuries.
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 traveling. For example, if a car is going 23 mph, the pedestrians has a 10 percent chance of dying. At 32 mph, the risk increases to 25 percent ; 42 mph is 50 percent ; 50 mph is 75 percent ; and 58 mph is 90 percent.
Severe injuries are common in pedestrian-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)
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 the sidewalk
- Being intoxicated
As a pedestrian, you should be safe if you walk on the sidewalk, cross at intersections, and obey traffic signals. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
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 percent of all traffic accident deaths.
Pedestrian fatalities rose over the past five years but dropped in 2015 when 153 pedestrians were killed; an eight percent decrease from 2014. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian accident injuries rose from 3,985 in 2014 to 4,002 in 2015.
What’s shocking is what these pedestrians were doing at the time of the accident. Of those killed, 39.2 percent were crossing at an intersection or walking in front of a driveway. Over 30 percent of fatalities occurred while the pedestrian was walking, running, jogging, or playing. Additionally, 5.9 percent of pedestrians killed were standing still and the remaining 24.8 percent fall into the “other/unknown” category.
Statistically speaking, men are more likely to die in a pedestrian-vehicle collision. Around 65 percent of all pedestrian deaths in 2015 were males, a slight reduction from 66 percent in 2014.
On a national level, individuals 65 and older make up 20 percent of all pedestrians killed and 11 percent of those injured. But further analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2014 Fact Sheet shows that 19 percent 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 percent of pedestrian accidents occurring on weekdays are between 6 and 8:59 p.m. By contrast, 30 percent of pedestrian accidents occurring on weekends happen between 9 and 11:59 p.m.
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.