According to Kentucky Traffic Collison Facts prepared by the Kentucky Transportation Center, there were 1,053 pedestrian accidents resulting in 59 deaths in Kentucky during 2014. It is estimated that a pedestrian is killed every two hours in a motor vehicle collision in the United States. In 2013, over 150,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents and 4,735 people lost their lives in collisions with motor vehicles.
As more people choose walking as an inexpensive form of transportation, a form of exercise, or a way to spend time with their family and friends, the number of pedestrian accidents in Lexington may rise. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the Lexington personal injury attorneys of Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 to discuss your right to recover compensation from the driver who caused the collision.
Are Pedestrians At Fault For Accidents?
Distracted walking is on the rise as more pedestrians are distracted by cell phones and other distractions. One of the most recent distractions, Pokémon Go, caused a man to walk of a cliff while playing the game. Other pedestrians have stepped off sidewalks into traffic, knocked people down, and walked into buildings and other obstacles while playing the game.
Pedestrians using their cell phones to text, watch videos, and check email focus more on their phones than their surroundings. Distracted walking can result in serious injuries. Injury Facts 2015 published by The National Safety Council (NSC) states that over 11,000 distracted walking accidents between 2000 and 2011 were caused by the use of cell phones. Of those that were injured in these accidents, over half of the victims were under the age of 40.
Pedestrians must remain alert and watchful at all times. Just as more pedestrians are distracted, so are drivers. More and more traffic accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Therefore, pedestrians should take extra precautions to avoid being injured in a motor vehicle accident. AAA provides helpful pedestrian safety tips that can help you avoid being injured in a pedestrian accident.
How Can A Lexington Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help?
If a distracted driver causes a pedestrian accident, you can file an injury claim against that driver to recover compensation for your losses, damages, and injuries. Pedestrian accidents often result in traumatic injuries because the pedestrian lacks any protection in the collision. The full impact of the collision can result in permanent disabilities for the pedestrian.
It is important that you know your legal rights if you are injured in a pedestrian accident. Family members who lose a loved one may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. However, the time to file an injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit is limited. Therefore, you should act quickly to preserve your right to recover compensation from the at-fault driver. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
If you have been hurt, contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form. Our Lexington pedestrian accident attorneys offer free legal consultations to accident victims throughout the greater Lexington and Louisville areas.