Pedestrian motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem in Pennsylvania. In 2021, there were 1,230 traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania, and 182 of those were pedestrians. Pedestrians were therefore involved in nearly 15% of all traffic fatalities in the state.
There are a number of factors that contribute to pedestrian/motor vehicle collisions. Pedestrians are often not visible to drivers. They may be walking at night in poorly lit areas or wearing dark clothing. In addition, drivers are often distracted by their cell phones or driving too fast for conditions. Drivers are often focused on other vehicles and therefore fail to notice pedestrians at crosswalks or on the shoulder of the roadway.
Pedestrian/motor vehicle collisions can have devastating consequences for both the victims and their families. Because the pedestrians are not inside a vehicle, they often suffer serious, potentially fatal injuries. In addition to emotional loss, their families may face financial difficulties, as they may lose the financial support of a loved one and have to pay for medical bills and funeral expenses.
There are a number of things that can be done to prevent pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents. Pedestrians should increase visibility by wearing bright clothing and use well-lit crosswalks whenever possible. They should be aware of their surroundings and avoid using distracting devices like cell phones and headphones. For drivers, following the speed limit, paying attention, and avoiding distractions is key.
Here are some additional tips for pedestrians to stay safe:
- Always use crosswalks when crossing the street.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Be aware of your surroundings and be visible to drivers.
- Don’t walk at night if possible.
- If you must walk at night, wear bright clothing and reflective gear.
- Remain sober at all times.
- Be aware of distracted drivers and be prepared to stop if they don’t see you.
It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney if you are injured in a pedestrian/motor vehicle collision. At Warren McGraw & Knowles, we will perform a thorough investigation to prove liability and recover from all possible sources. If you’ve been hurt in a car collision, contact the attorneys at Warren McGraw & Knowles to protect your rights and get the compensation that you deserve.