Our Attorneys Can Help You After a Pedestrian Accident in MA or RI
When you are involved in an accident as a pedestrian, your life can change in the blink of an eye. One minute you are on your way to work or school, exercising, or enjoying the outdoors. The next, you are in pain and coping with a traumatic event and injuries that could impact the rest of your life. When pedestrian accidents result in fatal injuries – more than 10 percent of all fatal auto accidents involve pedestrians – their families are left with an unfillable void.
At Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we are passionate about protecting the rights of victims of pedestrian accidents. These are accidents that should never happen, and negligent drivers who injure and kill innocent people deserve to be held accountable for their actions. Establishing this accountability starts with determining the cause of the accident. When we take your case, we will quickly undertake a thorough investigation in order to identify the specific grounds for your claim to financial compensation.
Driver Negligence Resulting in Pedestrian Accidents
Statistics show that at least 85 percent of pedestrian accidents involve an impact with the front of a vehicle. This means that drivers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and across the country are simply running into tens of thousands of pedestrians every year. There are several reasons why this may be the case. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted Driving – Drivers who are eating, drinking, fiddling with their GPS, or engaging with passengers put pedestrians at risk by taking their hands off of the wheel and their eyes off of the road. These and other distractions are responsible for thousands of pedestrian accidents every year.
- Texting and Driving – Texting is one of the most prevalent, and most dangerous, forms of distracted driving. Drivers who engage in texting conversations can easily drive hundreds of yards without looking at the road.
- Failing to Allow Enough Space – Drivers often misjudge the amount of space needed to safely pass a pedestrian. Whether walking or jogging in a dedicated pedestrian lane, on a shoulder, or in a crosswalk, pedestrians face serious dangers from drivers who do not provide a wide berth while trying to pass.
- Inattentiveness – Often, pedestrian accidents are the result of simple driver inattentiveness. At intersections (where 20 percent of all pedestrian accidents occur), drivers may fail to observe pedestrians in a crosswalk. In other situations, drivers simply may not be watching for pedestrians. Drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road around them often end up causing serious collisions.
- Speeding – Speeding is a leading cause of pedestrian accidents. Drivers who exceed the speed limit in neighborhoods, busy commercial areas, and on city streets put unsuspecting walkers and joggers at risk for life-changing – and in many cases life-threatening – injuries.
Alcohol-Impaired Drivers and Pedestrian Accidents
Unfortunately, alcohol is a factor in many pedestrian accidents as well. Estimates suggest that 15 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents involve a driver who was alcohol-impaired at the time of the collision. Due to their impaired vision, slow reaction times, and unpredictable behavior, alcohol-impaired drivers present significant dangers to pedestrians.
The Data Behind the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes detailed statistics on the causes of pedestrian accidents. The NHTSA’s data shed light on some noteworthy trends. For example:
- On weekdays, most pedestrian accidents occur during the morning and evening commutes. Commuter accidents often involve speeding and various forms of distracted driving.
- On weekends, most pedestrian accidents occur at night. This is the time of day when there are more drunk drivers on the roads – especially on weekends.
- The vast majority of pedestrian accidents involve personal vehicles – cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans. Drivers of personal vehicles account for the largest numbers of drunk and distracted drivers across all demographics and locations.
Alarmingly, the NHTSA also reports that both Massachusetts and Rhode Island have disproportionately high numbers of pedestrian accident fatalities. While the national average has risen in recent years to 14.5 percent, in Massachusetts, nearly 21 percent of all fatal accidents involve pedestrians. In Rhode Island, the rate is even higher at 21.5 percent.
Have You Been Injured or Lost a Loved One in a Pedestrian Accident? We’re Here to Help.
At Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, all of our attorneys are experienced in helping pedestrian accident victims, and our entire staff is dedicated to helping ensure that our clients receive maximum compensation for their losses. We become invested in our clients’ cases, and we want you to win the compensation you deserve. To speak with an attorney about your case, schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.