This recent statistic concerning pedestrian accidents will most likely come as no surprise to most. However other readers will be shocked. More than 500 pedestrian accidents, serious enough to warrant hospital care each year in New York City were victims of bicycle accidents. Over a 1,000 bike injury accidents are treated in hospitals in the entire country. However it’s a different story in this country when a vehicle and pedestrian tangle.
In recent statistics, over 5,000 are killed and over 60,000 are injured seriously enough to require hospital treatment. Driving a car and hitting a pedestrian is scary enough even if the driver is only going 30 miles per hour. Even worse, statistics have shown that a pedestrian can be seriously injured or killed when the driver was traveling less than 15 miles per hour. Who is to blame for all these pedestrian accidents?
Surely it’s not always the driver of the vehicle, is it? Most cities and small towns in the USA and some in Massachusetts have been pressured by the biking community to install “bike lanes” often involving heavily traveled streets and two-lane roads. And since the “bike lane” look to be less than three or four feet wide in most cases, it would appear that it is nothing more than an invitation for disaster. This raises the words nobody likes to hear: The Law of Negligence; also know as “who was at fault?” Pedestrian accidents can occur via jay-walking, crosswalks, parking lots, on sidewalks, or city streets, and can involve passenger cars, motorcycles, or delivery trucks. Driver negligence, being distracted, drinking and driving are the main causes of fatal or serious pedestrian injuries. Strangely enough most of these type accidents happen on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
And males are more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident than women. Yet small children and elderly folks are not immune from begin hit by a vehicle either, with speed the deciding factor of likelihood of death occurring. When a pedestrian versus vehicle accident happens, safety comes first followed by medical assistance, police reports and exchange of information. Of course this is also the time when the “zip-it-up” rule comes into play. Admitting fault or making any other stupid statements before hiring a MA Personal Injury Lawyer can possibly hurt your legal position should it come to that.
Consulting with a Mass. Pedestrian Accident attorney or law firm familiar with pedestrian accidents should be done with all alacrity by you or a member of your family. Once your attorney “sort’s things out” in terms of negligent responsibility, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, current medical bills and future medical bills.
If death occurs your pedestrian law team may be able to file a wrongful death claim. And since these types of claims have a time element, it’s advisable you meet with your attorney ASAP to discuss all your legal options.