What To Know About Pedestrian Accidents And Personal Injury Claims
Tragically, pedestrians are struck by vehicles every day. Crosswalks and traffic signals do nothing to blunt the impact of an automobile against a person who is on foot, resulting in catastrophic, sometimes fatal, injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt by another vehicle while on foot, it is essential to meet with a qualified lawyer who can help you recover the compensation you need following a serious accident.
At Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP, our attorneys are dedicated to helping people with personal injury claims. We will pursue compensation not only for your immediate medical expenses, but also anticipated future medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Accidents Involving Pedestrians Are On The Rise
As communities focus on making their neighborhoods more walkable and as more Americans seek alternatives to driving short distances, it is no wonder that pedestrian accidents are on the rise. In 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted a 3% increase in pedestrian accidents over 2017 – the most since 1990.
There are numerous factors that contribute to these types of accidents. Greater population density in urban areas results in more people on the street. Drivers face numerous distractions, including cellphones, GPS systems and increasingly sophisticated dashboard computers. Many drivers simply have a blind spot when it comes to pedestrians. While these are all contributing factors to the increase in accidents involving pedestrians, none of them is an excuse. Drivers have a legal duty to pay attention to the road and to other people. When they fail to do so, pedestrians suffer the greatest harm. Our attorneys can help accident victims send a message that reckless, negligent acts will not be tolerated on our roadways.
Contact Us For Help With Your Personal Injury Claim
We are here to help you hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. To schedule an initial consultation, call us at 716-301-4201 or contact us online. From our offices in Olean, we provide representation to people throughout New York and Pennsylvania.