What To Do if Involved in a Pedestrian Accident
While everyone has a different preferred mode of transportation, there is one method that everyone shares – walking. At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. Although the rates of car accidents are decreasing, the number of pedestrian accidents have increased. According to the National Highway Traffic Association, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured in a car accident about every 7 minutes in traffic crashes in 2014. In the United States, the total number of pedestrians killed rose from 4,884 in 2014 to 5,376 in 2015. An estimated 14% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians.
According to Zavodnick, Zavodnick, & Lasky, 63.8% of all pedestrian injuries involving automobiles occurred in major cities, such as Philadelphia. Cities like Philadelphia are full of large and often dangerous intersections. With the number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries on the rise, the US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx declared pedestrian and bicyclist safety among his top priorities while in office, with a focus on large city intersections.
If you are involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you should call the police immediately and remain at the scene. You may also want to gather names and contact information of any witnesses. Be sure to take photos of anything relevant to the accident, including the car, the location, license plates, and even yourself. If you are unable to complete any of the previous steps, ask a bystander or witness for help and be sure to jot down their contact information. After seeking medical attention, start an insurance claim and find a lawyer who ideally specializes in personal injury and pedestrian collisions. You may be able to recover damages from your injuries if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence.