Any busy city will have heavy foot traffic of people going to their destinations, whether it’s work, shopping, or to a restaurant. Little Rock, Arkansas is no different. With sidewalks, crosswalks, and traffic signals informing people of when it’s safe to cross the street, you wouldn’t think pedestrian accidents would occur. However, drivers can exhibit dangerous driving behaviors that put pedestrian lives at risk. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, a Little Rock pedestrian accident lawyer from McMath Woods P.A. will help you get the justice you deserve.
When a pedestrian accident occurs, the victim is often faced with significant injuries and losses. As they’re trying to get the health care they need so they can recover, they’re worried about hospital bills, how long they’ll need treatment, and how soon they can return to work. Financial stress can be overwhelming and may push people to return to work before they’re fully healed, which can lead to more health complications. With our Little Rock attorneys at your side, you won’t have to deal with this stress on your own and you’ll know you have experienced representation fighting for your rights.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- Senior Citizens
About 20% of all pedestrian deaths in 2016 were adults age 65 and up. Children are also at risk. About 1 in every 5 children who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians. The CDC noted that children includes age 15 and under.
They also state that drivers and pedestrians who are alcohol-impaired have a higher risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. About 48% of fatal pedestrian crashes involved alcohol—whether it was the driver or the pedestrian. An additional factor that increases the risk of fatality includes high speeds.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries Can Range from Minor to Catastrophic
When a car strikes a pedestrian, they can sustain varying degrees of injury. Some pedestrians may still be able to move out of traffic as they await paramedics, while others may be unconscious and in need of immediate medical care.
Injuries to the brain, spine, bones, internal organs, and muscles or ligaments can require a long time to recover. While minor injuries may take less time to heal, they can still cause pain and need proper treatment.
Major injuries, like a traumatic brain injury, could have permanent consequences. If someone sustains severe head trauma, they may be in a comatose state. Irreversible damage to the brain can result in trouble with speech, motor function, and even awareness of one’s surroundings. Injuries like this are often called catastrophic—meaning they’ll prevent someone from returning to work.
Sometimes, the accident can be deadly. If you lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident, our wrongful death lawyer may be able to help you. We’ll do everything we can to get justice for your loved one and provide you with some peace of mind so you can grieve.
How Can Little Rock Citizens Prevent Pedestrian Accidents?
The NHTSA provides many tips for both pedestrians and drivers to help avoid pedestrian accidents. As a pedestrian it’s important for you to do the following:
- Use sidewalks when you can.
- Obey the rules of the road. Running in front of a green light because you don’t think a car is moving fast enough could result in a collision.
- If you’re unable to find a sidewalk, walk towards traffic. Oncoming drivers will see you moving in the opposite direction to them and will adjust their driving accordingly.
- Keep your eyes and ears focused on traffic. If you’re staring at your phone or listening to music, you could step into traffic without knowing it.
- Always use crosswalks when you can. If you cannot find a crosswalk, choose a well-lit area to cross. Check traffic before crossing and keep an eye on it as you cross.
- It’s important to remember that not all drivers may see you. Try to make eye contact so they know where you are.
- Your visibility will help other drivers see you. If you’re in bright, reflective clothing, they will spot you more quickly.
- Pay attention to entryways and exits for parking lots, driveways, and parking garages.
- Know that alcohol and drugs will impair your senses and judgment. Avoid these when you’re going to be walking.
If you follow those tips, you’ll be a more alert and safer pedestrian. Drivers can also prevent pedestrian accidents by following these safety tips:
- Look for pedestrians.
- If visibility is poor, adjust your driving. Slowing down will give you more reaction time and control of the vehicle. You’ll be less likely to cause a fatal accident.
- If you’re driving and encounter a crosswalk, be prepared to slow down, stop, and let pedestrians cross.
- Be patient. If a car is stopped ahead of you and you don’t know why, don’t immediately begin to pass them. They could be stopped to allow someone to cross the road.
- Don’t drive while distracting, drunk, or otherwise under the influence.
- Obey traffic laws. Slow down at yellow lights, stop at red lights and stop signs, and go the speed limit.
- Always look when you’re backing into a space. A pedestrian may not be expecting your car and could walk into your path.
While these methods can help make our city a safer place for pedestrians, it doesn’t always stop negligent drivers from making dangerous decisions that harm others. This is when our Little Rock pedestrian accident attorney steps in.
Get Representation You Can Trust
You deserve to have confidence in your legal representation. McMath Woods P.A. has helped many Little Rock citizens get the justice they deserve. We’re here to fight for your best interests.
If you or a loved one was harmed in a pedestrian accident, get in touch with our law firm today. Once we meet in an obligation-free consultation, we can discuss your options and find you the best way to get the recovery you need. We’re going to fight so you get fair compensation that will help you heal physically, emotionally, and financially.