Pittsburgh Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
According to recent Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
statistics, while car-pedestrian crashes account for only 3.7% of our
total annual accidents, pedestrians count for 11.2% of the fatalities
each year. Most accidents occur when pedestrians are trying to cross streets
or driveways and persons over the age of 75, especially males, are most
at risk of such an accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that
in 2010 over 4,000 pedestrians were killed and over 70,000 injured in
traffic accidents. According to the NHTSA, a pedestrian includes any person,
who is on foot—no matter whether walking, jogging, sitting or otherwise—who
becomes victimized in an accident with a motor vehicle accident. Despite
strides in safety, the statistics released in 2010 showed an increase
of 4 percent from those the year before – showing that pedestrian
fatalities were a total of 13 percent of all traffic-related fatalities.
In almost 70 percent of fatal accidents, it occurred in an urban area with
the majority (69 percent) occurring during the night. Due to the limited
visibility, especially when a pedestrian is wearing dark clothing or walking
on a street without proper lights, it can cause negligent drivers to fail
to see them. This, however, does not excuse the accident. It is the responsibility
of the driver to ensure that they are looking out for pedestrians on the
road around them.
Unfortunately, distracted driving is responsible for a majority of car-pedestrian
accidents. While the driver may be prosecuted in criminal court and found
guilty of a crime, the penalties won't compensate you for your injury
or for the
wrongful death of a loved one. It is crucial that you get help to file a personal injury
claim or lawsuit to recover damages in the tragic loss of a loved one.
You stand the best chance of receiving the compensation that you deserve
when you are represented by a
Pittsburgh personal injury attorney.
Pittsburgh Injury Lawyer Frank Walker Law: Protecting Injured Pedestrians
At our firm, we are proud of our long-standing reputation for successfully
representing clients hurt in pedestrian accidents, or representing survivors
of loved ones fatally injured in such accidents. With our experience,
we know that it is vitally important to get in touch with us as soon as
you can after your accident. In this way, we will be better equipped to
start out right away investigating the facts of your case and protecting
your rights. At your earliest opportunity, please contact our firm's
founding lawyer, Attorney Frank Walker.
We are fortunate to have the expertise and legal background that he brings
to our firm, including his past experience as a senior counsel at the
Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel and as a past associate attorney
at Strassburger, McKenna, Gutnick and Gefsky (SMGG), one of the oldest
and most prestigious litigation firms in our area. He has gained the respect
of his peers - personal injury and trial attorneys alike - due to his
skill in obtaining exceedingly fair settlements for his clients and in
fighting for their right to just compensation at trial when negotiations
have failed. We welcome the opportunity to acquaint you with all of the
services our legal team offers and doing all that we can to help you obtain
the maximum compensation for your injuries.