Pedestrian Injuries in Monroe County PA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that almost 5000 pedestrians die each year in motor vehicle accidents. Sadly, the number of deaths has been increasing. The 2016 national data shows that pedestrian deaths increased by 9% to 5,987, the highest number since 1990. While the reasons for the increase are not entirely clear, distracted driving is clearly a factor.
In Monroe County, because of the lack of sidewalks, many people are forced to walk along roadways without curbing or street lights and are especially vulnerable.
Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are at the greatest risk of being hit by a vehicle. Children are smaller and less visible and they can be unpredictable.
Thus, a driver must exercise a greater degree of care when he should know that small children are playing nearby; for example, while driving by schools, parks, and residential areas.
A pedestrian hit by a vehicle may recover money for the injuries suffered if he can prove the driver was negligent. This could mean distracted or impaired driving, driving too quickly to stop in time or failing to anticipate the presence of someone in the road.
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If you or someone you love has been in a pedestrian accident and was hurt, you may be wondering what to do next, how to pay for medical bills, and what your case might be worth.
Because of statutes of limitation, you only have a set amount of time to bring a claim for your injuries.
If you have questions, we would be happy to provide a free evaluation of your claim, with no further obligation. Then, you will have a better idea of what your next steps should be.
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