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More and More Pedestrians Dying on US Roads

Roadway deaths are on the rise. Between 2014 and 2016, deaths on US roads increased by over 14%. While deaths overall have soared, the category of roadway occupant that has suffered the greatest increase in fatalities is that of pedestrians. Read on to learn about the rise in pedestrian deaths and ways that these deaths could be brought under control. Contact a seasoned Oregon personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one has been the victim of an Oregon pedestrian accident.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts and collects research on roadway safety, and the IIHS recently released a report on pedestrian death rates in the US. According to this report, pedestrian fatalities have climbed precipitously since hitting an all-time low in 2009, when only 4,109 pedestrians died in motor vehicle-related accidents. The IIHS reports that, in 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed by cars, trucks, or other motor vehicles. This makes 2016 the deadliest year for pedestrians since 1990, when 6,482 pedestrians died on the road. This number also marks a 46% rise in pedestrian fatalities since 2009’s all-time low number of pedestrian fatalities.

Experts aren’t completely sure why so many pedestrians are dying on the road. Some attribute the rise in part to a strengthening economy resulting in more drivers on the road. Some suggest that an increasing attention to health and exercise means that more people are traveling on foot, resulting in more opportunities for accidents. Some safety researchers believe that distracted driving, which they say is vastly underreported, has been a major cause of the increase in pedestrian fatalities.

Experts can’t pinpoint the exact cause of the rise in fatalities, but they do offer several suggestions for how pedestrian deaths can be brought under control:

  • Limiting distracted driving: Drivers who fail to keep their eyes on the road while behind the wheel are more apt to miss smaller objects in the roadway, such as pedestrians and cyclists. Reducing distracted driving would have a positive effect on overall road safety, with an especially profound effect for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Building more crosswalks: The farther apart crosswalks are, the more likely pedestrians are to cross between crosswalks and risk getting hit. Studies show that increasing the number of crosswalks makes pedestrian fatalities less likely.
  • Changing vehicle design: Pedestrian deaths have been found more likely to occur in areas with more SUVs and vans on the road, due to the lifted and often vertical front ends common among these vehicles. By altering the design of SUVs and vans, researchers suspect that pedestrian deaths would fall in frequency.

If you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident in Oregon, contact the knowledgeable and effective Bend personal injury lawyers at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC for a free consultation at 541-617-0555, with additional offices in Eugene, Portland, Roseburg, Medford, and Grants Pass.

Jury Awards $14 Million in Portland Truck Accident Case

A 57-year old man was recently awarded $13.5 million as compensation for injuries he sustained in a serious truck accident about a year ago. The accident occurred when a garbage truck made an illegal right turn as the plaintiff was crossing the street. The pedestrian light had the ‘walk’ signal which prompted the plaintiff to set foot on the intersection on his way to work. The truck hit the plaintiff, severing his left leg above the knee.

Truck Crashes in Oregon

Truck accidents are a serious concern in the State of Oregon. A 2014 traffic crash report showed that a total of 2,144 truck accidents happened in the entire state, killing 34 and injuring more than a thousand persons.

Truck Accident Injuries

Collisions involving trucks, semi-trucks, and tractor-trailers often bring catastrophic results to pedestrians and other motorists. Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists who survive truck collisions often sustain severe injuries such as loss of limbs, traumatic head injury, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple fractures, and other internal injuries that require extensive medical procedures and treatment.

If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, your first priority is to attend to your injuries and obtain appropriate medical help for it. It’s also wise to consider obtaining legal advice about your accident. Talk to an experienced truck accident attorney who can assess your situation.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck crashes are often linked to driver negligence which can take the following forms:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Lack of or inadequate vehicle maintenance
  • Violating traffic rules

Importance of Personal Injury Lawyer

Truck accidents can be complicated cases. Your attorney can examine all the circumstances of your accident, determine the cause of your injuries and whether a party’s negligence or recklessness is a factor in your accident. Your lawyer can also provide information on your legal options, sort legal issues for you, and handle the claims process while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

In Portland, Oregon, the experienced truck accident attorneys of Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorney LLC are dedicated to serving injured clients and their loved ones, helping them recover compensation that they can use to rebuild their lives after a devastating accident.

Our firm has more than 100 years of collective experience in a wide range of personal injury cases such as pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, auto accidents, slip, trip, and fall injury, and nursing home abuse. Call us today at (541) 617-0555 to learn more about how we can help you.

Garbage-Truck Driver Cited after Striking Pedestrian

Driver negligence claimed another victim in Portland recently, when a garbage truck hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The incident occurred just before 6 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and Morrison Street in downtown Portland. The truck driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian using a crosswalk, and for failure to adhere to traffic signs. The victim, a 57-year old man, had his leg severed in the incident.

According to police, the truck driver was traveling southwest on Fifth Avenue when he began to make an illegal right turn onto Morrison Street. The victim, in accordance with the posted traffic signs, had the right of way and was struck as he crossed the street.

Injuries to the victim’s leg were so severe at the scene that police required a tourniquet to quell the bleeding. The victim survived, but required serious, ongoing medical care.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you should consider seeking legal advice to determine if you are entitled to compensation due to your injuries.

Pedestrian Injuries and Compensation

Whenever you live in a busy city, it is important to be familiar with your rights on the crowded, busy streets. Whether you are walking, running, or riding a skateboard, you are considered a pedestrian in the state of Oregon. Bicyclists area also sometimes considered pedestrians, though at other times are considered vehicles.

Victims of pedestrian accidents may have injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to broken or lost limbs. Additionally, victims of pedestrian incidents could suffer lasting physical or emotional distress. Depending on the type of injury, victims may never be able to work or live the same way again, resulting in possible lost jobs or income. Additionally, primarily due to the unequal weights involved and lack of significant protection, pedestrians are often killed when struck by a vehicle.

In Oregon, a personal injury attorney could aid you in recovering damages that you are entitled to, whether you are the survivor, or the family of someone who died in such a crash.

Case in Point

Although some pedestrian accidents are the result of pedestrian negligence, driver error, as it appears in this case, is the more often the cause. Although this victim survived the incident, his life has been forever changed as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Representing Residents of Portland, Oregon

The pedestrian injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss have over 95 years of collective experience in law – we have handled over 600 personal injury cases in the last three years alone, including many pedestrian accidents. We also handle other personal injury cases, such as car and motorcycle accidents, semi-truck accidents, and wrongful death.

To discuss your case with one of our personal injury attorneys, we welcome your call at (541) 617-0555.

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