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In the Pacific Northwest the shorter days stretch between fall and winter and they are already upon us. For many students that means walking or biking to school or the bus stop in the dark and cold for a portion of the school year. Students should be taught “walk to school safety tips” for any […]

A beautiful October day can be ideal for a walk; many like to get out and enjoy the outdoors with the leaves in all colors and walking is good for your heart and overall health. It is important, however, to keep safety in mind while out walking in October to prevent pedestrian accidents. The Pacific […]

Pedestrian car accidents are a major cause of personal injuries and deaths in the United States.  According to the NHTSA in a 2014 report, pedestrians account for 14 percent of all road fatalities. Knowing the common causes of pedestrian accidents can help to reduce your risk of being a victim. If you or a loved […]

Pedestrian car accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year in the United States. Knowing the causes of pedestrian car accidents can help to reduce your risk of being injured in a pedestrian accident. If you or a loved one was the injured victim in a pedestrian car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer […]

pedestrian-accidentIf you were struck and injured as a pedestrian or a loved one was killed in a motor vehicle crash, you should contact a pedestrian accident attorney today! Because of the physical vulnerability of pedestrians, these accidents can cause devastating, permanent disabilities. In addition, depending on state laws and the specifics of the accident, liability could rest with the pedestrian or the motorist. You deserve a thorough look at your case from an attorney who specializes in pedestrian accidents.

Completely Vulnerable

There is no doubt that pedestrians are the most vulnerable party of those using roadways. Pedestrians have no physical shield in a collision and motorists are often so focused on other motor vehicles that they forget to look out for pedestrians. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association assert that there are almost 5,000 pedestrian accident deaths per year along with 78,000 injured, 46,000 of which are children.

4 Seconds or Less is all it Takes

There is evidence that distracted driving causing accidents is on the rise possibly due to the introduction of so many electronic devices used in motor vehicles such as cell phones, GPS, satellite radio, DVD players, etc. A driver taking their eyes off the road for four seconds (the average time taken for texting) means moving a distance the length of a football field without your eyes on the road. Distracted driving leads to more pedestrian accidents and injuries because pedestrians are not being seen. It also takes motor vehicles off the road and onto sidewalks or out of their lane where pedestrians may be walking.

The most common type of pedestrian injury is injury to the head causing traumatic brain injury (TBI). If you believe you may be suffering from TBI due to an accident please contact your health professional for a PET scan or MRI for diagnosis.

It is important to understand the most common causes of pedestrian accidents and which causes are likely to be attributed to the driver and which to the pedestrian.

“It Was the Driver’s Fault”

  • Inattentive or distracted driver
  • Talking or texting on a cell phone
  • Talking to another passenger
  • Eating
  • Any type of distraction that takes eyes off the road
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Cutting corners
  • Not stopping at stop signs
  • Failing to yield
  • Poor weather conditions
  • If the driver does not adjust their speed for conditions

“It Was the Pedestrian’s Fault”

  • Jaywalking
  • Breaking traffic signals
  • Darting in front of a moving vehicle

If you were the victim of a pedestrian vs. car accident then let us provide peace of mind through complete legal counsel and tough representation.

Please contact an attorney at Tario & Associates today; we are committed to helping victims of personal injury cases.