On average, one pedestrian was killed every two hours, and one was injured every eight minutes, in a pedestrian accident. In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States.
Pedestrian accidents usually happen when crossing the street. However, they can also occur while walking on the side of a street, in parking lots, and even when vehicles drive onto sidewalks or bike paths. Pedestrians can be injured by cars, trucks, motorcycles, or even bicycles. In Vermont, the pedestrian is favored with the right of way over all vehicles – including bicycles. Keep in mind, however, that the right of way is not absolute – and it is never worth risking your life for. A pedestrian crossing a street in a crosswalk, or at an intersection with either the “Walk” signal or on a green light, has the right of way.
If you have been hurt in an automobile collision while walking, you need the help of a pedestrian accident lawyer. We will track down witnesses, review police reports, and compile medical records and bills as we fight to ensure you receive compensation you need for treatment, lost wages, and compensation for lost enjoyment of life.
As pedestrian accident lawyers, we have seen the terrible consequences of these injuries and want to see them avoided. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has helpful materials on its website (http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians) that include checklists for safety, information on choosing a safe route to school for your children, and a review of how “walkable” your community is.
Contact Kenney and Fisher for a free initial consultation.
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