Lake County Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
It’s fair to say that pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable people on our roads, and the ones that are likely to suffer the most in car accidents or truck accidents. Julie Glade is a Lake County injury lawyer, dedicated to helping injured pedestrians pursue compensation for their injuries.
The Statistics Surrounding Pedestrian Accident Fatalities
Data from the federal administration indicates a disturbing trend. Although the number of traffic accident fatalities has been dropping steadily over the past few years, the number of pedestrian accident fatalities has either remained constant or has inched its way upward as it did in 2012. In 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration walker mishap fatalities increased for the third consecutive year. Those fatalities saw an increase of 6.4% over 2011.
Not surprisingly, most pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas. However, what is surprising is that many of these pedestrian accident deaths occurred at non-intersections. Many pedestrian fatalities occurred at night, and involved the use of alcohol.
In 2011, according to Indiana State Administration statistics, there were 80 pedestrian fatalities in the state of Indiana. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact personal injury attorney Julie Glade for help as soon as possible.
What Are The Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
One of the biggest causes of pedestrian accidents in Lake County is motorist failure to look out for pedestrians. It is even more important to look out for pedestrians at intersections, or pedestrian crossings. Failure to do so increases the risk of collisions.
There are several reasons why a motorist may fail to look out for pedestrians, or see a pedestrian while driving. One of those is driving under the influence of alcohol. When you’re intoxicated, your judgment skills are impaired, and your perception abilities are affected, which means that you will find difficult to locate and identify a pedestrian crossing the street in front of you, or standing on the curb.
Distracted driving is another cause of pedestrian accidents in Merrillville. Motorists who are distracted by their cell phones and other electronic devices are less likely to be able to spot a pedestrian in time to avoid an accident. Motorists, who are distracted by other activities like snacking or by conversations with other passengers in the car, are also less likely to be able to spot pedestrians in time.
What Are The Different Types of Pedestrian Injuries?
Pedestrians have absolutely no protection in the event of an accident. During an accident, a pedestrian can be thrown several feet away from the point of impact, crash landing on concrete. That exposes them to the risk of serious injuries, including life-altering injuries like spinal cord injuries and brain injuries.
Other common injuries in these accidents include broken bones and fractures, crushing injuries, and blunt force trauma injuries. Because of the varying nature of injuries and circumstances involving this type of accident, it is vital that you have an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer evaluate your case as soon as possible.
Contact Our Lake County Pedestrian Accident Law Firm Today
I would be happy to evaluate your case if you give me the opportunity. I have years of legal experience representing clients in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall, and wrongful death. Simply schedule an appointment by placing a call to my law firm at (219) 736-0456 or by filling out the contact form on this website. From my law office in Merrillville, I serve clients throughout Lake County and Porter County in Northwest Indiana.