Pittsburgh pedestrian accident and remedies available
A recent Pittsburgh pedestrian accident shows the dangers for those on foot after dark.
Details of the recent accident
The January accident injured three pedestrians on the South Side. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 pm at the intersection of East Carson Street and Birmingham Bridge. A woman suffered neck and back injuries and another companion sustained abdominal injuries. The injured were taken to area hospitals.
Several individuals in the car also reported minor injuries. Police closed the road, so that accident reconstruction specialists could investigate the cause of the crash. Often in these types of cases, the investigation could lead to criminal charges if the driver of the vehicle was impaired or violated some other traffic law.
Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries to those on foot without the protection of vehicle safety systems. Depending on speed, the force involved in a collision can even prove fatal for the pedestrian.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,000 people were killed in pedestrian accidents and another 70,000 were injured across the country in 2010. In Pennsylvania, there were 145 pedestrian fatalities. The following tips can help you stay safe when walking near busy roadways.
- Make yourself visible. In 2010, 30 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred between 8 p.m. and midnight. If you need to be out during these hours, wear at least one piece of light colored or reflective clothing. Flashlights and blinkers on a bike help, too.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Pay close attention to the drivers around you. Listening to music or texting reduces your awareness. When crossing an intersection, make sure that left-turning cars see you in the crosswalk.
- Stay on the sidewalk. Whenever possible, it is best to stay on the sidewalk instead of walking in the street.
- Avoid alcohol. The NHTSA reports that 33 percent of pedestrians killed had alcohol in their system. It is much safer to walk while fully alert.
If you or a family member were injured in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. After reviewing the details of your case, an attorney can assist in holding a negligent driver responsible and may be able to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.