Pedestrians are unprotected by steel, airbags, and other safety measures built into the design of vehicles. When a car and pedestrian collide, the pedestrian suffers. There are over 1600 reported pedestrian crashes every year, and most of them happen between 3pm and 6pm, at intersections without stop signs or traffic signals, but often with crosswalks. The truth is that inattentive driving, failure to yield, and impaired drivers (alcohol or other substances) often cause a pedestrian accident. In Wisconsin, a record 63 people were killed in pedestrian crashes; pedestrian accident attorneys are important for victims and their families.
While many of us have been taught to exercise extra caution crossing roads, pedestrian safety in parking lots and driveways is also a concern. The official Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicle statistics around pedestrian crashes exclude those accidents that happen on private property. That means that parking lots and driveways where motor vehicles hit pedestrians are not counted. We all know how dangerous driving in a parking lot can be; it is unsurprising then that 12% of pedestrian accidents that happen there are fatal and 19% of them are severe. Pedestrian accident lawyers will work on your behalf wherever your pedestrian accident occurs.
Pedestrian crashes almost always happen because of inattentive driving, failure to yield, or driver condition. The statistics indicate that there is little pedestrians can do to avoid a collision; 77% of pedestrian accidents involve cars that are going straight. In fatal crashes, 74% report no inclement weather. Forty-seven percent occur in daylit conditions while 30% happen in dark, but artificially lit conditions. Almost one-third of pedestrian accidents involve the driver failing to yield at a crosswalk. Pedestrian crashes result from irresponsible driving. Pedestrian accident lawyers can help you achieve the compensation you deserve.
In 2016, Wisconsin saw 1,252 crashes involving pedestrians and motor vehicles. More than a thousand people were injured severely enough to require hospitalization. And injuries caused by the impact of a motor vehicle on an unprotected individual are often severe—broken bones or head and neck injuries, for example. Official numbers for fatalities (that exclude parking lots and driveways) were 35 in 2017; in 2018, 21 Wisconsin pedestrians have died as a result of pedestrian accidents on public roadways as of July 22, 2018. The pedestrian accident attorneys at Clifford & Raihala can make sure that the accident itself is your only source of trauma.
When a pedestrian crash happens to you or a loved one, contact the experts at Clifford & Raihala. As experienced pedestrian accident attorneys, we will investigate the accident, and help you recoup your medical expenses and lost work wages. Additionally, the pedestrian accident attorneys at Clifford & Raihala will make persuasive arguments for compensation above and beyond those obvious areas. We understand the continuing effects a traumatic experience like a pedestrian crash can cause and will make sure that your psychological and emotional damages are compensated. If appropriate, we will argue for punitive damages as well. Clifford & Raihala are your pedestrian accident attorney experts.