Friday, December 16, 2016

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

The NHTSA defines a pedestrian as any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down.  According to a recently published study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 4,800 pedestrians were killed and approximately 65,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the U.S. On average, a pedestrian is killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes in the U.S.  The vast majority of pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas at traffic intersections.

Pedestrian Rights and Responsibilities.

Pedestrians generally have the right-of-way in the following areas:
·       Crosswalks
·       Public roads and highways
·       Public and private sidewalks

Although pedestrians are required to follow traffic signals such as “walk or do not walk” signals, some do not.  When in doubt, you should always give a pedestrian the right of way.  This includes jaywalkers too.  However, pedestrians cannot negligently navigate public roads and wander aimlessly.  They must be aware of their surroundings and act as a reasonable and prudent person would under similar circumstances.

Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?

Pedestrian accidents can be caused by drivers of motor vehicles or by pedestrians themselves

·       Driver’s Fault
o   Failing to give pedestrian right of way in a crosswalk
o   Speeding
o   Distractions such as using a cell phone (i.e. texting), putting makeup on, eating, or changing the radio station
o   Driving under the influence of alcohol or other illicit substances
o   Faulty brakes

·       Pedestrian’s Fault
o   Failing to adhere to traffic signal
o   Jaywalking
o   Public intoxication
o   Not walking on the sidewalk

What Injuries can Arise from a Pedestrian Accident?

Most pedestrian injuries occur at the scene of the accident, but other injuries may occur as a proximate cause of the injury.  For instance, a broken rib can lead to internal bleeding.  Or, a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle may be tossed into a light pole as a result of the impact.  Common injuries stemming from pedestrian accidents include:

·       Broken and fractured bones
·       Concussions, brain swelling, brain fractures, or hematomas (blood clots)
·       Cuts, bruises and scrapes
·       Spinalcord injuries

Consulting with an Attorney after a Pedestrian Accident.Motorists owe pedestrians a certain duty of care when navigating the roads.  Many times motorists behave negligently, causing injury to pedestrians. We offer free consultations and represent clients all throughout the state of Florida.  Our office are located in Clearwater, New Port Richey, and St. Petersburg. Don’t delay, call us today to discuss your claim. If you were hit by a motor vehicle and believe you have a pedestrian injury claim, contact the experienced Dolman Law personal injury attorneys at 727-451-6900 today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765