Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
According to the federal government, in 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. That is about one death every 88 minutes.
Additionally, an estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.
Almost half (47%) of crashes that resulted in a pedestrian death involved alcohol for the driver and/or the pedestrian. One in every three (33%) fatal pedestrian crashes involved a pedestrian with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dL), 17% involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 g/dL, and some fatal pedestrian crashes involved both.
Pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 20% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 10% of all pedestrian injuries in 2017. One in every five children under the age of 15 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians in 2017.
Higher vehicle speeds increase both the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck by a car and the severity of injury. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, at non-intersection locations, and at night.
The damage caused by an accident can be catastrophic. When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, there is little protection from the impact and the pedestrian may suffer life-threatening injuries and sometimes death. Recovery from a pedestrian car accident can take months or years. Pedestrian accident victims may also suffer financial damages such as out of pocket medical bill and lost wages while being disabled from work.
Many times, Insurance companies deny a pedestrian’s claim after being injured in an accident and blame the pedestrian for crossing the street outside of the crosswalk, “darting out” in front of a car or wearing dark clothing at night.
Recent Pedestrian Accident Case Victory
Mr. Gagliano recently recovered a settlement of $175,000.00 for a pedestrian who was working as construction worker when a van ran over his foot causing a serious fracture. The insurance company for the driver denied the claim blaming the pedestrian for walking into moving traffic. Mr. Gagliano filed a lawsuit and the case settled shortly thereafter.