Pedestrian Accidents In Pittsburgh
Walking is a healthy form of exercise. However, pedestrians are victims of accidents all too often. Most accidents involving a pedestrian occur because either the pedestrian or the driver of the car is distracted. When a person walking down the road is hit by a motor vehicle, the resulting injuries can be overwhelming and permanent.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrians experienced an increase in fatal accidents in the United States in 2011, totaling 4,432 deaths. The NHTSA also reports that every day during 2011 in the United States, an average of three children ages 14 and younger were killed and 469 were injured in motor vehicle crashes.
Common circumstances in which a pedestrian accident may occur include:
- Children. Children can be unpredictable and they may run into the road chasing a toy, pet or other child. Additionally, the parent of the child will act on instinct to protect the child and dart into the street without checking for oncoming traffic.
- Jaywalking. Pedestrians are at greater risk of being hit by a vehicle when they choose to cross the street in inappropriate or unexpected locations. It is much safer to cross in a designated crosswalk or at an intersection.
- Ignoring traffic controls. Both pedestrians and drivers are guilty of multi-tasking. Texting, talking on the telephone, listening to music and numerous other activities can distract us from staying safe. A pedestrian or diver who misses a change in the crosswalk light or stoplight can cause a serious accident.
Pedestrian accidents can result in catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, paralysis, brain injuries and wrongful deaths. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, obtain the advice and guidance you need to pursue your legal remedies by contacting Rudberg Law Offices, LLC.