There is no doubt that 2020 has been a weird and difficult year. All public schools in Whatcom County chose to begin their school year with distance only learning for all grades due to the risk of spread of COVID-19. Since that decision was made in late-July, Whatcom County’s infection rate has dropped enough that school districts are beginning to bring students back in hybrid models – either half the class two days a week or every other week. This means that school zones will be back in effect along with the need to protect our children from pedestrian accidents.Read More
Serious runners run all year; even when it gets cold, dark and wet outside. Unfortunately, poor weather increases the already high chances that a driver won’t see a runner until it’s too late. Runner killed in car accident statistics are not tracked specifically but we know that pedestrian fatalities remain high. Data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) shows that there were 6,283 pedestrian deaths in 2018 alone; the highest number since 1990.Read More
Sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, October 2, 2019 is “National Walk to School Day.” Over 4,000 schools have registered to participate on walkbiketoschool.org from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.. According to the event’s press release, this is “…the 23rd annual celebration which highlights the importance of safer, more active transportation for youth in their local communities.”
According to event organizers, “More than half of Walk to School Day events lead to changes in policies and the physical environment that improve safety for walking and bicycling, holding promise for improving safety and transportation options for everyone.” New this year, participants can check out a series of webinars to find out how their event can be a tool for improving pedestrian safety in the community.Read More
Walking is a healthy and enjoyable activity. Most of us do at least some walking outside of our homes on a daily basis. Since pedestrians are totally exposed compared to people protected in vehicles, pedestrians walking on roads should be aware of their vulnerability and learn road safety tips to protect themselves as much as possible.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident because of the negligent driving of another, contact a pedestrian accident attorney as soon as you are able. The pedestrian injury lawyer can discuss your legal rights and may be able to help you recover damages.Read More
For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, the season turning to spring brings a sigh of relief that we won’t have to deal with winter driving conditions again for several months. What many may not realize is that spring brings its own car accident and pedestrian accident risk factors. Being aware of the dangers that spring brings to the roads can reduce your chances of being injured in an accident.Read More
Another person has been struck in Bellingham, Washington in a pedestrian hit-and-run accident. The crash happened Wednesday, January 31, 2018 on I-5 near Samish Way. The man, who had been walking on the highway, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with signs of head trauma and leg injuries consistent with being hit by a car.Read More
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 time of the year but they become especially important when it is dark, wet, snowy or icy.Read More
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 Northwest in particular gets dark early and the rain and wind can come up unexpectedly in the fall.Read More
Pedestrian car accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year in the United States. According to the NHTSA in a 2014 report, pedestrians account for 14 percent of all road fatalities. 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 injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a personal injury attorney today. The injury lawyer can help you fight for justice and recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.Read More
If 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.
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
- Any type of distraction that takes eyes off the road
- Reckless driving
- 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”
- 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.Read More