Pedestrian Injuries In Oregon
According to the most recent statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,432 pedestrians were killed in U.S. traffic accidents in 2011, which is an average of over 12 deaths a day. Oregon accounted for 46 of those fatalities.
NHTSA Recommendations on how both pedestrians and drivers may avoid accidents, including:
- Keep alert, and never assume that a driver can see you.
- Cross at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible.
- Wear conspicuous clothing — reflective clothing if walking at night.
- Don't step out into the street from between parked cars.
- Keep your eye out for pedestrians, especially at night and in bad weather.
- Go slowly and be prepared to stop suddenly when making a turn and when entering a crosswalk or intersection.
- In areas where children are likely to be present, such as schools and playgrounds, drive more cautiously than usual.
If a car hits you
If a vehicle hits you while you are walking, your first avenue of defense is your auto insurance policy, which applies even though you weren't driving at the time and even if the pedestrian accident was your fault. Under your policy's personal injury protection coverage, your medical expenses should be covered for one year, up to the amount under your policy. This avenue provides payment of your medical bills without having to wait for the resolution of a lawsuit.
If the driver involved hit you while you had the right of way (green light, crosswalk, etc.,) or the driver is in any other way at fault, you may file a lawsuit against the driver for personal injury.
The Salem personal injury attorneys at Harris, Wyatt & Amala have years of experience representing pedestrians in car accident cases. They are committed to helping you receive full compensation for your injuries.