Statistics Show an Alarming Trend
It would be tempting to think that as cars become safer and “smarter” over time, the number of pedestrian accidents would decrease proportionately. Unfortunately, the opposite appears to be true. Statistics from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) show that between 2014 and 2018, pedestrian accident deaths continued to rise year over year. Bicyclist deaths also rose steadily during that time.
In 2018, pedestrian accidents claimed the lives of 108 people and caused injuries to thousands more. The combined pedestrian and bicyclist deaths that year accounted for 22 percent of traffic fatalities statewide.
Common Causes and Risk Factors
There is no question about which party will fare worse after an accident between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. For this reason and many others, drivers need to fully understand and embrace their duty of care to pedestrians.
Sadly, motorists often view pedestrians as annoying intruders on streets that should belong to drivers. Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving too fast for weather conditions and visibility
- Roadways and intersections that were designed for cars and are not safe for pedestrians
- Drunk driving and drug-impaired driving
- Simple inattention and daydreaming behind the wheel
To be sure, pedestrians must also take responsibility for their own safety by staying alert, sober and attentive while walking near or across traffic. But even if they practice all of these safety measures, they still face grave dangers due to the choices drivers make.
What an Attorney Can Do for You
If you were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident (or lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident), you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Although it will be necessary to file a police report, police too often give these accidents only a cursory investigation. Our attorneys will fully investigate your case to determine who was primarily at fault and whether there were other parties that may also be held liable. In this way, we can maximize your chance of financial recovery and hopefully make the streets safer for other pedestrians.
Contact Us to Learn More
We are proud to represent personal injury victims in their pursuit of justice and compensation. To discuss your rights and legal options in a free initial consultation, contact a Kennewick, WA pedestrian accident lawyer at our office today. We look forward to speaking with you.