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According to a study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities are at a near 30-year high in the United States. Throughout 2018, a total of 6,227 American pedestrians were fatally injured after being struck by motor vehicles

Here in the state of Wisconsin, hundreds of pedestrians are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions. If you or a member of your family are injured after being struck by a car, contact a trusted personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected and that you get the compensation you deserve. 

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Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyersPedestrian accidents have been on the rise for the last several years, and that has resulted in an increase in the number of pedestrian deaths – but fatalities are not the only issue. Multiple and severe injuries that may place the victim and their family at risk for financial devastation are also extremely common. Thankfully, victims do have rights. Learn more about them, and discover how an experienced attorney can help with the process.

Multiple and Severe Injuries in a Pedestrian Crash

While victims may sustain any number of injuries in a pedestrian crash, some are far more likely to result in disability. Trauma to the spine and head are among the most common and concerning, but even seemingly minor ones can result in long-term or life-long disability. Examples of such injuries might include:

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Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyersAs health and environmental concerns peak among the U.S. population, the number of pedestrians on the road continues to rise. Sadly, so does the rate of pedestrian accidents. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) says alcohol and distractions are driving factors in the increase. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a pedestrian crash, and alcohol or distracted driving was involved, you may be entitled to compensation. Learn more, including how an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can assist, with help from the following information.

Pedestrian Accidents and Distracted Driving

States across the country have started to ban cell phone use behind the wheel, but this is not the case in Wisconsin. Though texting is prohibited for all drivers, talking on the phone is only illegal for newly licensed drivers or those driving through a construction zone. That means all other drivers may legally handle their phones and engage in conversations while driving. Sadly, this is a form of distraction that can have catastrophic consequences.

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Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyersThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in the year 2015, pedestrian accidents that resulted in fatalities were on the rise. With the global increase of both vehicle and on-foot commuters in recent years, it comes as no surprise that these statistics have spiked since then. Under this 2015 study done by the NHTSA, research showed there were over 5,000 pedestrian fatalities in the United States alone, emphasizing the need to inform, encourage, and empower pedestrians to take proactive steps toward their safety now, more than ever before.

Who is Most at Risk?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified certain pedestrians who are more at risk than others for personal injury while out and about. For example, adults who are 65 years old or older and children under 15 years of age are especially at risk. Learn how to protect yourself as a pedestrian, and discover how an experienced personal injury lawyer can assist with your pedestrian accident claim, should you or a loved one suffer an injury or fatality because of another road user’s negligence.

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Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyersDrunk driving accidents are thought to account for approximately one-third of America’s fatal crashes (more than 10,000 accidents per year), but not all victims are other drivers. In fact, one study found that about 13 percent of all pedestrian deaths were caused by an intoxicated vehicle driver. What sort of compensation might the families of these victims be entitled to, and where can you find assistance? The following explains.

Drunk Driving is a Prominent Issue in America

No one is immune to the dangers of drunk drivers. In fact, statistics show that 16 percent of all the traffic deaths among children are related to drunk driving. Pedestrians, other drivers, bicyclists, and even law enforcement officers are also at risk. To make matters worse, some of the drunk drivers are commercial drivers – people who drive semi-trucks, garbage trucks, school buses, and transit vehicles. By nature, these tend to be devastating crashes, and they often result in a fatality for other road users.

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