Pedestrian Accident Lawyers MA
When drivers fail to practice safe driving, pedestrians are at risk. Pedestrians can be injured while crossing the street, traveling on the side of the road, parking lots and even in crosswalks.
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable travelers and can be injured by cars, trucks, bicyclists, buses and other vehicles. Pedestrian accidents can occur when drivers speed, fail to stay within their lanes, talk on cell phones while driving or text while driving.
Pedestrians have the strongest protection in crosswalks and intersections with traffic signals which indicate when pedestrians can travel across the street.
There are also greater protections in school zones, where there are crosswalks, crossing guards during school hours and drivers must travel at 20 mph.
Pedestrian accidents can end in death or leave victims seriously injured. These injuries may require months of medical treatment. This places a hardship on a family, especially when the injured individual financially supports the household. In addition to helping the person recover, there are heavy concerns and anxiety over who will pay the bills.
You should speak to an experienced Massachusetts pedestrian accident lawyer to learn your rights for seeking compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
Pedestrian accident injuries may be caused by a defective design or poorly maintained roadway or sidewalk. The parties that owned the property and are responsible for its maintenance can be held responsible for pedestrian accidents.
Over 6 thousand pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the year 2018, as reported by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The safety coalition Vision Zero Boston reported that in Boston during 2018, over 6 hundred pedestrians were hit by cars, and 7 of those pedestrians died in car accidents.
Pedestrians that survive vehicle and pedestrian accidents have serious or catastrophic injuries. The consequences of pedestrian accidents can be medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and months of grueling rehabilitation. A pedestrian accident is serious, and in case of this event, it is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you get full compensation for your injuries. Do not pay out of your own pocket due to someone else’s carelessness.
In 2017 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that every 88 minutes, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident. Seventy percent of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents were males, seventy-five percent of pedestrians killed are involved in accidents occured after dark. Over ninety percent of pedestrians are involved in fatal car accidents with only a single vehicle. Eighty percent of pedestrian fatalities take place in urban areas as compared to rural ones.
Where Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that over seventy percent of pedestrian accidents and fatalities are likely to occur:
- Parking lanes
- Bicycle lanes
- Crossing islands
- Paths or trails that are shared
High Crash Intersections for Pedestrian in Boston
Vision Zero Boston listed some locations as the top five high crash intersections in the city for pedestrians from 2015-2017:
- Beacon Street and Massachusetts Ave
- Columbus Ave and Massachusetts Ave
- Albany Street and Massachusetts Ave
- Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Ave
- Columbia Road and Washington Street
Types of Injuries
When a pedestrian is walking near traffic, your body is vulnerable. Motorists and drivers need to follow the rules of the road in order to ensure everyone’s safety. Here are some of the injuries that pedestrians can suffer from:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Internal Organ Damage
- Loss of Limbs
- Paralysis Spinal Cord Damage
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Wrongful Death
Pedestrian Accident Causes
These are the common causes of pedestrian accidents:
- Crosswalks that are unmarked
- Improper lane use
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Bad weather
- Poor visibility
Pedestrians can contribute to their own injuries by using their cellphones while walking and walking while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Might be able to collect from other responsible parties. A pedestrian accident lawyer will examine the facts of your case and advise you on next steps to take.
Ways To Protect Yourself From A Pedestrian Accident:
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Avoid wearing headphones
- Avoid using a cellphone
- Use sidewalks
- Use crosswalks
- Do not jaywalk
- Carrying a light when walking at night
- Wear reflective clothing
Speak with an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
The Greater Boston pedestrian accident lawyers at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. have served Massachusetts for over 20 years. We have offices in Cambridge and Quincy and serve Boston, Braintree, the South Shore and all of Massachusetts.
At Bellotti Law Group, clients turn their concerns over to our Quincy and Cambridge pedestrian accident attorneys. We address the legal and financial details while you and your family focus on recovery and moving on with your lives. We pride ourselves in partnering closely with clients and working to understand their individual concerns to help obtain the best solution. We are accessible throughout your case and advocate for you at every turn.
Contact us today at 617-225-2100. You can also use our online form and we will promptly respond.