Rhode Island Injury Lawyer Representing Victims of Pedestrian Accidents
For more than 30 years, the Pawtucket law office of Raymond A. Pacia has helped accident victims obtain fair and reasonable compensation for their injuries. Our experience includes representing pedestrians struck by careless and irresponsible motorists, as well as pedestrians injured as the result of poorly maintained walkways, sidewalks and crossing areas.
Pedestrian Accidents in Pawtucket & Nationwide
According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) , nearly 4,300 pedestrians were killed in 2010, and an estimated 70,000 were injured. This means that on average a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes. Pedestrian deaths accounted for 13% of all traffic fatalities, an increase of 4% from 2009.
Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians crossing streets in marked and unmarked crosswalks in most situations. Unfortunately, however, drivers often fail to yield the right-of-way at intersections and fail to watch out for pedestrians when turning onto another street. Drivers also travel at unsafe speeds, increasing the likelihood that they will not see pedestrians and reducing the time they have to avoid a collision. Other causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving, such as cell phone use and texting
- Motorists rolling through stop signs
- Motorists making unsafe u-turns
- Poorly timed crosswalk signals
- Poor sidewalk conditions
- Trees, posts, signs, utility poles and other obstructions
- Street repair and construction sites
Pedestrian injuries are especially common in urban areas like Providence, where daily city activities can create a dangerous environment for people on foot. If an unsafe sidewalk or crossing area led to your accident, a town, city or other government agency may be held liable for your injuries. Likewise, a construction company's failure to properly take care of hazards, such as falling debris or uneven pavement, may mean liability for the company, its owners or operators. Our premises liability page provides more information about these types of claims.
Even when accidents are not fatal, pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Our firm offers comprehensive representation for accident victims, always exploring all options for recovery to ensure our clients have the best chance of obtaining maximum compensation for their injuries.
Contact an Experienced Rhode Island Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered injuries as the result of a pedestrian accident in Pawtucket, Providence or anywhere in Rhode Island, contact the offices of Attorney Ray Pacia. We can discuss any claims for compensation that you may have, and help you on the road to recovery.