6 Facts to Know about Pedestrian Accidents (Pt. 1)
May 17, 2014
While walking from place to place can be cost-effective and may even be more convenient than driving in dense urban areas, unfortunately, pedestrians run the risk of being hit by drivers who may be less than sober, attentive or responsible when behind the wheel of their vehicles.
Here and in a few additional parts of this blog, we will highlight some important facts to know about pedestrian accidents. If you or your loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident and you are ready to learn more about your potential entitlements, don’t hesitate to contact the Portland pedestrian accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm
Fact 1: The number of fatal pedestrian accidents has been increasing in recent years.
Over the past few years, there has been an approximately 4 percent increase in the number of fatal pedestrian accidents that have occurred in the U.S., according to reports from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). In fact, last year, more than 4,400 Americans died and more than 70,000 others were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have calculated, based on these numbers, that:
- Every 2 hours, someone in the U.S. dies in a pedestrian accident.
- Every 8 or so minutes, someone in the U.S. is injured in a pedestrian accident.
- Pedestrians are about 1.5 times more likely than the occupants of passenger vehicles to be killed in a car accident on each trip.
Fact 2: Children are involved in nearly 16 percent of all pedestrian accidents.
As the NHTSA reports, nearly 16 percent of all pedestrians who are hit by vehicles are children who are 14 years old or younger, and about 20 percent of all children between 5 and 9 years old who are killed in car accidents were pedestrians hit by cars.
Although some of these pedestrian accidents involving children occur because these children run out into the roadway without looking for oncoming traffic first, in many cases, these accidents take place because drivers are distracted or are otherwise not paying attention to the roads (particularly around school zones).
Look for the two additional parts of this blog for some more important facts about pedestrian accidents.
Portland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
Have you or a loved one been injured in a pedestrian accident? If so, it’s time to contact the Portland pedestrian accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm. Since 1977, our lawyers have been devoted to providing each of our clients with personal attention, respect and the highest quality legal services.
We realize that pedestrian accidents can be devastating on a physical, psychological and financial level; that’s why our lawyers are here to aggressively defend injured pedestrians’ rights to both justice and compensation. This means that our Portland pedestrian accident lawyers will work diligently to help our clients:
- Tell their stories in court
- Build the strongest possible cases
- Vigorously stand up to insurers and others outside of the courtroom
- Obtain the best possible outcomes to their cases – including the highest possible settlements for their injuries and losses.
Portland & Seattle Lawyers
Helping you recover from the financial setbacks caused by pedestrian accidents is one of our primary goals. Our Portland pedestrian accident attorneys encourage you to learn more about your rights and case by setting up a free initial consult.
To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.
We represent clients in communities in both Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.