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Pedestrian Accidents

Injuries sustained as a result of pedestrian accidents can oftentimes be catastrophic.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 70,000 pedestrians are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year while approximately 5,000 are killed. Pedestrian accidents account for 2% of those injured or killed in traffic accidents annually.

Drivers of motor vehicles owe everyone else the highest duty of care while operating their vehicles.  It is the obligation of the automobile operator to be mindful of the whereabouts of pedestrians.  Specific legal issues arise in these types of cases; specifically, whether or not the pedestrian had the right of way. Similar to car accidents involving bicycles or motorcyclists, common ways that drivers can cause pedestrian accidents include:

  • Excessive speed
  • Ignoring a marked crosswalk
  • Failing to check for pedestrians when making a turn
  • Distracted by a hand-held device or a passenger
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the lawyers at Baldante & Rubenstein may be able to help. To have an attorney review your case at no cost or obligation to you, please contact Baldante & Rubenstein at (800) 601-1616.