Walking can be an eco-friendly—not to mention wallet-friendly—way to commute, or a wonderful form of low-impact cardiovascular exercise. Taking in the sights around you is a lot easier when it isn’t passing you by at 25 miles per hour, which makes walking an ideal way to get stay in deeper contact with your local area. Whether you enjoy long hikes in the countryside or just prefer to walk to work each day, you should be able to walk safely wherever you go. However, the sad truth is that pedestrians are often injured when they go for a walk, through no fault of their own, because of someone else’s recklessness and negligence. If you were injured while walking and want to discuss the possibility of building a court case with a pedestrian accident attorney, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today.
Pedestrian accident statistics
According to data released by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 5,977 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents in the United States in 2017. Between 2008 and 2017, there was an increase of more than 30 percent in pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities, although total road accident fatalities decreased by a fraction of a percentage point during that same time span. Of the total number of pedestrian fatalities in 2017, 147 took place in the state of Pennsylvania.
Staying safe as a pedestrian
Safety is often at the top of the mind for pedestrians, who are typically aware of their vulnerability when sharing the roads with motor vehicles. Although you cannot account for the negligence of others on the road, you can take a few steps that can help you stay safer when you are out walking:
- Wear bright clothes, especially while walking at dawn, dusk or after dark
- Consider carrying a flashlight and wearing a reflective vest when walking after dark
- Stick to sidewalks, crosswalks, and other pedestrian easements wherever possible
- Avoid walking with headphones or earbuds so you can remain aware of potential dangers
Victims may be entitled to compensation
You do not have to suffer silently after being hurt in an accident. Injured pedestrians have the right to seek justice after their accident. If another person’s negligence caused you to get hurt, you can pursue the recovery of damages in a civil court case and make sure the liable party is held accountable for the harm they caused you, and the courts can compel them to pay you a cash award.
King of Prussia pedestrian accident attorneys
If you were hurt while walking and need a pedestrian accident lawyer in King of Prussia, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can assist you with filing a legal claim. Our attorneys are committed to helping injured pedestrians learn their rights under the law, and to exercise those rights accordingly. One of those rights is to seek the recovery of damages via the civil courts. Damages are given a monetary value based on a variety of factors (i.e., injury extent & severity, pain and suffering endured as a result of injuries, lost wages due to being unable to return to work after injury, and medical treatment costs). These damages can then be paid out to victims by the party that was liable for them becoming hurt. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.