Pedestrians are arguably among the most vulnerable people on the roads. Although people who walk, whether for fun, for exercise, or as part of a daily commute, can enjoy great cardiovascular health benefits (and save money at the gas pumps or on vehicular maintenance costs), there are inherent risks in being a pedestrian. Even in places that have ample sidewalks and crosswalks, pedestrians face danger. These individuals have nothing but their clothing to protect them in the event of an accident, unlike motor vehicles that have heavy steel frames and even bicyclists often at least wear helmets to protect against brain injury.
Unfortunately, this means that pedestrians can become gravely injured if they are involved in an accident. If you were hurt while walking and want to discuss taking legal action with a pedestrian accident lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to discuss building a legal case for the civil courts.
Pedestrian accident facts and statistics
According to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- 5,977 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2017 (more than 16 people per day)
- Pedestrians made up 16 percent of all traffic-related fatalities that year
- Three-quarters of pedestrian accident deaths took place during the dark hours (night and early morning)
- 80 percent of these happened in urban areas, 20 percent in rural areas
- The majority of pedestrians were not at the intersection when their fatal accident occurred
Pedestrian accident injury
Vehicular collisions are far from the only way that pedestrians can become injured in accidents. For example, if a tree root grows under a sidewalk or crosswalk and creates a crack in the pavement, this can create a serious trip hazard for pedestrians using the easement—and if the sidewalk or crosswalk is on city- or county-owned roads, they can be held liable for any damages to persons or property resulting from their negligence in letting the tree root create a trip hazard.
Injury victims have legal rights
Injured pedestrians have the right to seek justice when another party’s negligence led to them becoming injured. Whether you had a trip and fall accident because of a poorly maintained walkway or you were hit by a vehicle when crossing the road, you can file a claim in civil court in order to recover damages.
Horsham pedestrian accident attorneys
If you need a pedestrian accident lawyer in Horsham, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are here to help. Our team of personal injury specialists are well-versed in the laws surrounding pedestrian accident litigation, and we want to advocate for victims so they can get the compensation they deserve. We will work tirelessly to pursue the recovery of damages in your case. Damages are given a monetary value based on pain and suffering, future and past medical care costs, lost wages during recovery from injury, and a variety of other factors related to your case. These damages can then be compelled by the courts to be paid out to you as financial compensation from the party that was liable for your injuries. Take the first step toward getting justice and call for your free consultation today.