Pedestrian accidents have the potential to be even more dangerous than car accidents, since you aren’t inside of a vehicle that is designed to protect you. Distracted or neglectful drivers can not only collide with other cars, but pedestrians as well, causing potentially severe injury or even death.
In no-fault states like Massachusetts, it’s your insurance company’s responsibility to help pay for these injuries, but if they aren’t giving you as much money as the costs of the accident demand, then you may need a Rehoboth pedestrian accident lawyer like the ones at Ged Lawyers.
How We’ve Been Able to Help People with Cases Similar to Yours
We represent all kinds of personal injury clients and in some cases have been able to win them sums of millions of dollars. Our largest dollar amount for a pedestrian accident was a $900,000 settlement for a pedestrian crash. We can’t guarantee settlements worth this much, but our track record proves that we’ve seen just about any kind of personal injury case and that we’re prepared to handle your case.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accident Injuries?
Pedestrian accident injuries are actually fairly common as far as accidents involving motor vehicles go. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 39,000 people injured in pedestrian accidents in 2015, which is a rate of 22 per 100,000 people.
How Deadly Are Pedestrian Accidents?
According to the same NHTSA data, there were 35,092 total fatalities from traffic crashes with 5,376 of these being pedestrian fatalities. This means that 15% of fatalities from traffic crashes are pedestrians.
Most Common Areas for Pedestrian Accidents
The number of pedestrian accidents and the percentage of fatalities from traffic crashes that are pedestrians are larger in large metropolitan areas. More densely populated areas not only have more cars on the roads, but more pedestrians walking on the sidewalks and crosswalks alongside those cars, which causes the risk of a pedestrian accident to increase.
For example, while nationally only 15% of fatalities from traffic crashes were pedestrians, 54.4% of total metropolitan-area traffic fatalities were pedestrians.
Ged Lawyers Will Stand Up to the Insurance Companies
Ged Lawyers is a family-owned firm that was founded in 1995 on the principle that any individual should have a form of recourse against large insurance companies. Our lawyers are not only skilled but also compassionate because we understand that if you’re pursuing legal action, then you may be going through a difficult time.
Let Us Handle Your Case While You Recover
If you’re thinking about filing a lawsuit because of a pedestrian accident, then it’s likely because you’re dealing either with personal injuries or the loss of a loved one. We understand that seeking legal action is never something that people want to do, but something they sometimes have to do in order to get the money they’re owed.
We want to represent you because legal representation would give you more time and energy to help recover or rehab whatever injuries you may have. We know that what you want more than anything is to get back to life as usual, and being represented by Ged Lawyers allows you to focus on that.
How We Make Filing a Case Easy and Convenient
One of our biggest goals is to make sure that you have a form of recourse against large insurance companies, which is why we try to make it as easy as possible for you to meet with us and file a case. If you’re unable to travel because of your injuries or any other reason, we will come meet with you no matter where in Massachusetts you live.
We also have attorneys that can talk in both English and Spanish because we don’t want language to be a deterrent. We also want to make our services affordable, which is why we offer a free case review where you can meet with one of our attorneys and decide whether to proceed with your case.
What Conditions Contribute the Most to Pedestrian Accidents?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 7,000 pedestrian deaths in 2020 and about 104,000 emergency room visits due to non-fatal injuries from pedestrian accidents. Following are some of the leading reasons for pedestrian accidents, according to the CDC. These circumstances may be similar to your pedestrian accident.
46% of pedestrian accidents that resulted in death involved alcohol, either from the pedestrian or from the driver.
Time of Day
Pedestrians are more likely to be struck by vehicles at night when there is less visibility.
Pedestrian accidents are more likely to occur at intersections, which is intuitive as they often have several crosswalks. They’re also a place for cars to turn, and drivers may only be looking for other cars and not pedestrians when they turn.
Massachusetts Pedestrian Accident Data
The Massachusetts government says that there are about 70 pedestrian deaths every year in Massachusetts, with 76 in 2021. The deadliest months for pedestrians in Massachusetts are the winter months, which the state government attributes to shorter days which limit visibility, as well as snow and ice blocking sidewalks.
November was the deadliest month for Massachusetts pedestrians in 2021, with June having the lowest number of fatalities. The most dangerous hours for Massachusetts pedestrians are between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., during evening rush hour when there are more cars on the road.
A No-Fault Stat
In no-fault states such as Massachusetts, there is no liable party who has to pay for the costs that result from the accident. That is the responsibility of your insurance company, but sometimes insurance companies have a different idea of how much money you need to pay for those costs.
This is where Ged Lawyers may be able to help. We’ll stand up to the insurance companies by using evidence that may include medical bills and a diagnosis from your doctor that show the costs of your injury. So, do not delay; contact us today.