It is rare for a pedestrian to escape a traffic accident without suffering an injury. Even low-speed collisions can result in bone fractures and other debilitating injuries. All Michigan motorists and pedestrians would be well advised to learn about how common pedestrian accidents are and how they can be prevented.
At the Michigan personal injury law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, our award winning pedestrian attorneys represent victims of these accidents on streets, highways, and roadways. We also handle pedestrian injury clients from collisions in parking lots and in crosswalks.
Michigan Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the Michigan Traffic Crash Facts as reported by the Office of Highway Safety Planning, there were 2,397 pedestrian accidents in Michigan in the year 2012. In those accidents, 133 pedestrians were killed and 1,962 were injured. More pedestrians who were within the age group of 55 to 64 years of age were killed than any other age group (26 fatalities). Pedestrians aged 45 to 54 were the second-most fatally injured age group (24 deaths). Seven fatally injured pedestrians were 75 and older.
Pedestrian Accident Prevention
Many Michigan pedestrian accidents are the result of driver error, but there are steps that pedestrians can take to reduce their chances of being injured. Here are some important pedestrian safety tips to remember:
- Walk against traffic to the far left of the roadway when there is no paved shoulder or sidewalk available.
- Only cross where there is an intersection or designated crosswalk.
- If you have to cross where there is no crosswalk, only step into traffic after looking left, right and left again.
- Never cross from between parked vehicles that will prevent motorists from seeing you before you step into the roadway.
- Do not rely solely on pedestrian traffic signals. Keep a lookout for drivers who may run a stop sign or traffic light.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of their vehicles.
- Never assume that a driver can see you just because you can see the driver.
- Be on the lookout for vehicles that are backing out or turning.
- Increase your visibility when walking at night by wearing bright clothing and carrying a flashlight.
Injuries Suffered in Michigan Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are at greater risk of suffering injuries than motorists because they have no safety devices or protection of any kind. All motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can result in severe injuries. Many victims sustain bone fractures upon impact with the vehicle or the roadway. Others suffer traumatic brain injuries whey they hit their head on the windshield or hood of a vehicle. In particularly violent collisions, victims can sustain significant damage to their neck or back or even spinal cord trauma. In such cases, the victim may become paralyzed.
Getting Fair Compensation For Your Michigan Pedestrian Accident
It is not safe to assume that your insurance provider will take care of you. If you have suffered a serious injury in a Michigan pedestrian accident, you will likely be shouldering a significant financial burden. Medical bills, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many victims of pedestrian accidents are not able to return to work to pay their bills. All of these damages should be taken into consideration during the claim process.
Victims of pedestrian accidents who are not offered fair compensation for all of their financial, physical and emotional losses should discuss their case with a skilled personal injury lawyer. The experienced Michigan pedestrian accident attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. can help injured victims and their families obtain fair compensation for their losses. Call us now at 1-800-606-1717 for a free, no-obligation consultation today. We will represent you under our No Win, No Fee Promise which means there are no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.