Many types of vehicles share the roadways in the United States. However, at one time or another, everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians are among the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities year after year during the past decade. In fact, during the ten years between 2003 and 2012, 47,000 people died as the result of vehicle/pedestrian accidents. That is sixteen times the number who died due to natural disasters during that same time period.
As more people opt to walk from place to place, often encouraged to do so by health professionals and diet experts, it might be reasonable to expect heightened awareness by drivers. However, pedestrian accidents are far from rare. Even relatively attentive drivers tend to pay attention to other vehicles but not to bicyclists and pedestrians on the periphery of the roadway.
Where Most Pedestrian Accidents Occur
Drivers have a responsibility to look out for others while they are in control of their vehicle. These duties extend to being aware of motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians-not just other vehicles.
Most pedestrian accidents take place in parking lots and near intersections where drivers are backing up or making turns. Drivers often take their foot off of the brake and begin moving when they see that traffic has cleared. Unfortunately, by the time they recognize that a pedestrian is in their pathway, it is sometimes too late.
Understanding and Experience
At Thurswell Law, we understand how devastating any accident can be. We also know that Michigan vehicle accidents involving pedestrians are some of the most catastrophic. When it comes to receiving much needed monetary compensation for you or a member of your family, depend on the compassion and expertise of our legal team. No fee unless you collect. Call Thurswell Law today at 1-866-354-5544 for your free consultation.