When it comes to pedestrian injury a large amount of those struck by vehicles are children. There are a few reasons for this. One, children do not have the capacity to effectively judge speed, velocity or distance. These skills generally do not mature until after the age of ten. So, children are at a greater risk of being hit by a car. There are also a few key areas that are of serious concern compared to others. Children and teens walking to and from school and of course anyone at busy intersections are the most dangerous.
In this day and age, there are more attention inhibitors readily available to drivers. Texting and talking on the phone are more common to see when you are out driving around than those who choose to eat or groom themselves behind the wheel. Why? The most common reason is that people consider themselves very “safe” or “careful” when they choose to focus on other things rather than the task at hand. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Any time that a person is not completely focusing on driving, regardless of what a great multi-tasker they think they are, the instinctive response time and overall emergency reflex are significantly diminished.
Regardless, the pedestrians have the right of way at cross-walks. When a driver chooses to get behind the wheel they are taking on the responsibility of driving safely for all other motorists and pedestrians. If a driver is negligent in this responsibility then serious pedestrian injury can occur. Unfortunately, negligence is not the only problem with these types of accidents. Commonly, drugs and alcohol play a big part as well.
Regardless of whether or not the pedestrian injury is fatal or non-fatal, the victim and their families should seek legal help immediately. Don’t waste time after an accident such as this. The process is important in order to hold reckless drivers accountable for their actions and as a result this makes the streets a safer place for everyone. Seek justice and righteous compensation for the injuries that have been suffered. You owe it to yourself and pedestrians everywhere to hold motorists accountable.
For strong representation from a lawyer dedicated to maximizing your benefits, call Stobierski & Connor now at 413-774-2867. There is no obligation to hire, and we collect no fees unless we make a recovery or settlement on your behalf.