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Appleton school zone accident lawyerDue to the unpredictable nature of a car accident, a motorist should always be alert and ready to handle any situation that the road, an opposing driver, or a pedestrian may cause. Although driving laws are enacted to ensure the safety and well-being of motorists and pedestrians, areas such as school zones and road construction areas have additional laws. Since children and workers are considered to be at a higher risk, it is crucial for drivers to be fully aware of the laws for these zones. Before entering a restricted zone, a driver should take extra care to avoid causing injuries to victims.

Driving in a School Zone

Throughout the year, many children will make their way to school by walking, riding bikes, or taking the bus. According to the National Safety Council, a majority of children that lose their lives in bus-related accidents are four to seven years old. To reduce the probability of children being seriously or fatally injured in an accident in a school zone, drivers should: 

  • Never block a crosswalk
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Follow traffic laws
  • Always obey the directions of a school crossing guard
  • Be aware of his or her surroundings
  • Never attempt to scare a pedestrian
  • Use extreme caution

Furthermore, it is illegal for a driver to pass a school bus that is either picking up or dropping off children. If a bus has red lights flashing along with its stop arm extended, traffic must come to a stop. Children can be unpredictable, and their safety should never be taken for granted when driving near a school bus or in a school zone.

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Appleton personal injury attorney for pedestrian accidents

Based on the statistics that have been reported, many common pedestrian acts, such as going for a walk or run, have become rather dangerous. Looking over trends from recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that roughly 129, 000 pedestrians required treatment in emergency rooms for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015. The CDC has also reported that in 2016, 5, 987 pedestrians died in traffic crashes. Additionally, the National Center for Health Statistics estimated that in 2017 there were 7, 450 pedestrian deaths in traffic or non-traffic incidents. Pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries, extensive medical costs, or wrongful death

In many cases, injuries to pedestrians occur due to negligence on the part of drivers of motor vehicles. To avoid being seriously injured in a collision with a car or truck, pedestrians can take these measures to try to stay safe:

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Appleton pedestrian accident lawyer

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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Green Bay pedestrian accident lawyersNearly 6, 000 pedestrians are killed each year, according to the most recent data on file with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Another 129, 000 are seen in emergency rooms for crash-related injuries. What are these injuries, and how might they impact your life? Learn more in the following sections, including how a seasoned injury lawyer can help you obtain the fair compensation that you and your loved ones deserve. 

Head Trauma (Traumatic Brain Injury)

Head injuries are extremely common for pedestrians, and because they are unprotected, the risk of a serious, life-threatening brain injury is exceptionally high. In the worst of situations, pedestrian accidents can cause fatal swelling or bleeding in the brain. Others may experience long-term (or even life-long) issues with memory, mood, or cognitive functioning. 

Spinal Cord Injuries 

The spine encases the nerves that send messages from the brain to the rest of the body (and vice versa). As such, injuries to this area of the body can be devastating to a pedestrian, potentially robbing them of sensation in certain areas of the body, causing pain if the feeling does remain, or even worse, causing paralysis to parts of the body. 

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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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