West Virginia Pedestrian Fatalities On The Rise

Despite the prevalence of cars and public transportation these days, a great number of people still travel by walking. This is a practical and economic choice. However, pedestrians are also at risk of being in an accident involving a motor vehicle. Given the fact that cars are much larger and heavier, it is perhaps no surprise that such accidents do not end well for the pedestrian. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , 5,376 pedestrians are killed each year. If the current trend continues, a higher number deaths can be expected in years to come.

In West Virginia, pedestrians represent 7 percent of all total motor vehicle crash fatalities. At Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of pedestrians injured in Charleston.

The Many Threats Pedestrians Face

Danger for pedestrians exists no matter where they are. Urban areas pose a hazard because of high traffic volume and busy intersections. Things like shopping centers, schools and neighborhoods are more spread out in the suburbs, meaning pedestrians have to travel farther. Rural lanes have less traffic but are often twisty and do not have sidewalks.

In addition, drivers today are distracted more than ever before. Many people have trouble peeling themselves away from their smartphones and disconnecting from social media even when they are behind the wheel. Despite efforts by law enforcement and campaigns in the media, drunk driving continues to be a problem. A driver who is not paying attention or whose reaction time is dulled by alcohol can spell major trouble for you if you are in their path.

Steps Pedestrians Can Take To Stay Safe

One of the most important things you can do as a pedestrian to avoid being involved in an accident is to simply pay attention. Avoid looking at your phone, keep music to a reasonable volume and be aware of what is going on around you. Always cross in an intersection when possible and look both ways before entering the road. Finally, refrain from walking in public while intoxicated as, just with those who get behind the wheel, your judgment and coordination can be negatively affected.

Holding Drivers Accountable

If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, contact us for a free initial consultation with an injury laywer by filling out our online intake form. You can also call us at 304-205-1810 or toll free at 800-797-9730.