Pittsburgh Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
A pedestrian is a person on foot who is walking, running, jogging, hiking or sitting and is involved in a motor vehicle accident. If you or someone you love is hit by a car or truck while on foot, you can seek legal help from the Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorneys at Chaffin Luhana. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today.
Each year thousands of pedestrians are injured and killed in traffic accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2009 (the last year in which statistics are available), 4,092 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 59,000 were injured in traffic accidents in the U.S. A pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and another was injured every nine minutes in traffic accidents.
When a person is struck by a car or truck, the results are usually disastrous, especially if the vehicle is traveling at high speeds. Injuries are usually severe and can include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Damage to the spinal cord resulting in paralysis and other debilitating complications
- Severe crushing injuries and broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Deep lacerations
- Facial fractures
- Shoulder injuries
These types of injuries can change a person’s life forever. They can affect a person’s personality, relationships, social life and career. At Chaffin Luhana, our experienced Pittsburgh injury lawyers recognize the devastation caused by serious injuries and have dedicated much of our practice to helping people that are injured by negligence get the compensation they need as they learn to deal with the challenges ahead.
Pennsylvania Related Pedestrian Accidents
In Pennsylvania during 2014, pedestrian-related crashes represented 3.3% of the total number of reported traffic crashes. However, pedestrian accidents also accounted for 13.9% of all traffic crash deaths. These two pie charts below illustrate and highlight that many pedestrian crashes and deaths occurred while pedestrians were “entering crossing/specified location”. This means that a pedestrian was most likely crossing the street at an intersection, mid-block crossing, or driveway entrance.
These two pie charts also provide visuals of the total number and percent of pedestrians involved in and killed pedestrian accidents in which the pedestrian was: “standing”, “Walking/Running/ Jogging/Playing”, and “All Other Types” of pedestrian related accidents. This “All Other Types” category represents pedestrian accidents in which the pedestrian involved was: “Approaching/Leaving a Vehicle”, “Working on Vehicle “, “Pushing a Vehicle “, “Working “, and “Other/Unknown”.
What You Should Do If You are Hit By a Car
If you are hit by a car and are able to collect information, you should do so. Or, if you are a witness to a serious pedestrian accident, you should do the following:
- Take photos and video (if possible) of the accident scene with your phone
- Get the contact information of everyone involved in the accident
- Talk to any witnesses and get their contact information (name and phone number)
- Get the insurance information of the driver who was responsible for the accident
- Take photos of or write down the license plate number of the vehicle involved
- Call the police
- Contact a Pittsburgh pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible
Schedule a Consultation
If you or a loved one is hit by a car or truck as a pedestrian, you can seek experienced, dedicated legal help from the Pittsburgh attorneys at our firm. We represent individuals and families in the Ohio Valley in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.
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