Many of us rely on the old fashioned way of transportation every single day; our own two feet. Whether you are a health conscious individual just enjoying a stroll or if you are unable to have a vehicle, the fact remains that getting around by walking or running is a sure way to get from point A to point B, even though it may take some extra time. While Charlotte has yet to become a major pedestrian city, there are still many individuals who enjoy or rely on this source of transportation and we all need to be aware of our surroundings.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are are over 76,000 pedestrian accidents annually which over 4700 of them have resulted in death. A pedestrian accident for our purpose is classified as an individual being hit by a car. While you may think that children are the most vulnerable to pedestrian accidents, research shows that the average age of those injured in pedestrian accidents is 35 and average age of those killed in pedestrian accidents is 46, men making up the majority of victims in both scenarios.
As you can imagine, alcohol plays a big part in pedestrian accidents. The US Department of Transportation RITA Program research has shown that those who drive a vehicle and have a blood alcohol content over the national legal limit of .08 make up 34% of pedestrian accidents.
Some of the types of claims that we help pedestrian accident victims and their families handle:
- Severe Bruising
- Concussions & Memory Loss
- Neurological, Cognitive & Developmental Issues
- Fractures & Broken Bones
As you can see, pedestrian accidents can be the some of the most devastating types of personal injury. Anytime a vehicle and a man/woman/child are matched up against one another, the outcome for the human is always less favorable. In a vehicle, we take for granted the thousands of pounds of metal and protective elements that many of our vehicles have, when you are a pedestrian there are no protective elements so it’s important to be careful and take the extra minute to review your surroundings whether you are behind the wheel or crossing the street.
At Campbell & Associates, we are here to stand up for those have been hit while crossing the street and have suffered a personal injury as a result of the carelessness of those behind the wheel. With over 20 years of helping the Charlotte and surrounding communities and offices in Charlotte, Gastonia, Hickory and Rock Hill, SC we are just a short drive or quick phone call away from helping you get what you deserve. Call us today at 704-333-0885 or click here for a free consultation with an accident attorney, As always, there’s never a fee unless we obtain a settlement offer for you.