About 5,000 Americans lose their lives every year in pedestrian accidents, and tens of thousands more are injured. Sadly, nearly 20% of pedestrian fatalities are children.
Impaired or distracted drivers are the most obvious danger to people walking near streets. However, sometimes pedestrian accidents occur because crosswalks are not clearly marked, crosswalk signals don’t work, or traffic signals malfunction.
Increasingly, bike-pedestrian crashes are becoming a problem, especially in bike-friendly cities like Portland and Seattle.
Pedestrians have a duty to use crosswalks, cross at right angles, and to obey traffic control devices. Everyone is a pedestrian sometimes, but if you regularly walk to school or work, take a moment to review pedestrian safety laws. Sometimes, even if you are being careful, you can’t avoid a collision. Unfortunately, pedestrians often suffer severe injuries.
Seriously injured pedestrians or their families can contact D’Amore Law Group for a free consultation. Our offices are located in Portland, Lake Oswego and Bend, Oregon as well as Vancouver, Washington.
D’Amore Law Group has helped many pedestrians injured by motor vehicles, including: