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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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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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Appleton pedestrian accident lawyersData from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that around 4,000 pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle accidents per year. Many more are severely injured and may suffer from either short- or long-term disability. What determines the difference between those that are just injured and those that suffer a fatality? The answer is often vehicle speed. Learn more about how the speed of a vehicle upon impact can affect a pedestrian’s risk of injury or death with help from the following information.

Increased Speed Heightens the Risk of Fatality

There are many disagreements about vehicle speed and the risk of fatality in pedestrian accidents – namely the specific speeds at which the risk of death and severe injury increase). However, there is a universally accepted truth: higher speeds increases the risk of fatality for pedestrians. As such, areas that are dense in human foot traffic tend to have lower speed limits (i.e. residential areas, business districts in major cities, etc.). These areas may also contain more safety provisions, such as crosswalks, extra traffic lights, and warning signs to notify drivers of pedestrian crossings. Sadly, some drivers either miss or refuse to heed them.

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Appleton pedestrian accident injury lawyersThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that, on average, there is one pedestrian killed in a crash every two hours, and at least one is injured every eight minutes. What kind of injuries are sustained, though, and can victims expect to recover? More importantly, what recourse do pedestrians and their families have when a crash causes temporary disability, permanent disability, or wrongful death? The following explains.

Most Commonly Sustained Injuries

To determine the injuries most often sustained by pedestrians, the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development, and Networks, examined medical records and police reports on more than 1.6 million pedestrian accidents. Injuries to the lower extremities were found the be the most common (50 percent of victims), which was then followed by injuries to the head, face, or neck area (38 percent) and injuries to the upper extremities (27 percent). Additionally, the researchers determined that pelvic injuries were far more common for female victims than they were for male victims. However, males often sustained more serious injuries than women.

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pedestrian accidents, Appleton Personal Injury LawyerAs summer winds down, millions of students will be starting school again. Many school-age children walk to school and doing so often provides students with their first experiences of freedom and responsibility.

While schools and school districts generally take steps to make walking to and from school a safe experience, the reality is that any time a person is a pedestrian, he or she is at risk for involvement in a pedestrian accident. This is particularly true with respect to young children who tend to be smaller and harder for drivers to see. In addition, children tend to engage in more impulsive and unpredictable activity, such as running or darting out into the street without warning.

When children are injured in pedestrian accidents on their way to school, their parents may be able to bring a legal action on their behalf to recover for their losses. To determine whether you may be to file a claim, please call our office today to set up a consultation with one of our Green Bay or Appleton pedestrian accident attorneys.

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car accident fatalities, Wisconsin personal injury lawyer, driver negligence, pedestrian accident, wrongful death, pedestrian fatality, Kaukauna Wisconsin, Green Bay, Appleton Wisconsin, Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd., pedestrian injuryCar accidents occur at an alarming rate throughout the United States. In fact, in 2012, 109,385 traffic crashes occurred in Wisconsin alone. Of those crashes, 601 people were killed. Losing a loved one in car accident can be devastating, especially when it is due to another driver's negligence. Although there is nothing that can be done to bring a loved one back, pursuing a cause of action on behalf of the deceased may help alleviate some of the financial burden a family may face in the wake of a tragedy.

Pedestrian is Struck by a Car and Faces Serious Injuries 

It was recently reported that a 63-year-old man was hit by a car while trying to get into his own vehicle. The man was taken to the hospital and is facing life-threatening injuries. The 30-year-old driver, however, left the scene unscathed. The accident, which occurred Monday in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, is currently under investigation.

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Appleton pedestrian accident lawyers, Green Bay pedestrian accident lawyer, Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd., low-impact exercise, pedestrian accident, pedestrian injuries, pedestrian safety, pedestrians, wear reflective clothingWalking from point A to point B is not only environmentally friendly, but it can also be beneficial to your health. Walking is a low-intensity and low-impact form of exercise that can help individuals along the path to a healthy lifestyle. Although there are many benefits to walking, pedestrians face a huge risk when navigating the streets of Wisconsin. In fact, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, one pedestrian was injured or killed every 7.1 hours in 2011. Additionally, there were a total of 1,216 pedestrian injuries and deaths from pedestrian accidents in the same 12-month period. Being injured in an accident as a pedestrian can result in serious injuries due to the disparity in size between a vehicle and a person.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

Accidents may not always be preventable, but the following tips can keep you safe as a pedestrian while you are sharing the road with other vehicles:

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