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Milwaukee pedestrian accident attorneys, hit-and-run accidents, pedestrian accidents, pedestrian injuries, filing insurance claimsAny car accident can be a frightening experience, but pedestrian accidents are among the most dangerous — people on foot are likely to suffer serious injuries even in a low-speed collision. A hit-and-run accident in which a driver does not stop his or her car or remain at the scene of the collision after striking a pedestrian can be especially devastating. Victims are often unsure of their options for pursuing compensation for their injuries.

Protecting Your Rights to Compensation

Under Wisconsin law, drivers who strike another vehicle or a pedestrian with their car are required to stop, investigate the accident, exchange information with others involved in the accident, and provide aid and assistance to anyone who was injured. Failure to do so is a crime and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the extent of the damages.

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Milwaukee pedestrian accident attorneys, pedestrian injuriesAs the weather gets warmer, more people seek to travel on foot. However, it is important to keep in mind that pedestrians, especially children, face risks as they walk.

In fact, in the United States, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 113 minutes and hurt every eight minutes. Pedestrian accidents can leave victims severely injured, while car occupants may remain unharmed. Following pedestrian safety recommendations will help to reduce your risk; however, accidents still happen.

Common Types of Injuries Pedestrians Sustain

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pedestrian accident in milwaukee, wisconsin car accident lawyerTraveling by foot is a great way to get exercise, reduce traffic, and help the environment. There are also risks and safety considerations all pedestrians should learn about as this group is the most vulnerable travelers on roads and sidewalks.

Pedestrian Traffic Accident Rates

Pedestrian accidents involving cars are common. In the next 24 hours, it is estimated that 430 pedestrians will require emergency medical care. This means that approximately 156,000 pedestrians are treated by an emergency department for injuries annually.

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Wisconsin car accident lawyer, Wisconsin injury attorneyBecause they have such a high prevalence of fatality, pedestrian accidents have always been a major area of concern. In fact, many states and cities have implemented awareness initiatives, new and updated traffic control devices, and stricter laws to protect their pedestrian citizens. Yet the growing problem shows that the issue is getting worse instead of better. A recent study attempted to understand why, despite all efforts, the prevalence of pedestrian accidents seems to be growing. They also looked at possible pedestrian accident risk factors and the losses that victims may experience.

How Big Is the Problem?

In the year 2004 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported more than 70,000 pedestrian injuries and more than 4,600 pedestrian deaths. On average, that means that one pedestrian is killed every 113 minutes, and every eight minutes, one is injured. In Wisconsin, specifically, pedestrian fatalities account for approximately 9 percent of all annual traffic fatalities (about 60 per year) and around 350 are seriously injured. That averages out to about one pedestrian death or injury in Wisconsin every five hours.

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Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyerLast year, Wisconsin saw a 22 percent increase in the number of pedestrian deaths (45 to 55). The number of bicycle deaths also increased, going from just four in 2014 to 15 in 2015. It might be easy to look at the pedestrian and bicyclist accident numbers and consider them the “price” of traffic and travel, but each death represents a person. A family that has lost someone they love. The Wisconsin Bike Fed is hoping to remind us of that through their Share and Be Aware program.

More Statistics on Pedestrian, Cyclist Accidents

According to an analysis of crash reports from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, more than 40 of the pedestrians killed from 2011 to 2013 were killed in crosswalks. The drivers who hit them all failed to yield, despite the Wisconsin law statute that requires all drivers yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Moreover, the analysis determined that at least 65 percent of all crosswalk intersection deaths are due to driver errors.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyerEach November, the Department of Transportation releases preliminary information on the state’s automobile accidents and fatalities. Sadly, it appears that there were more injuries and fatalities in 2015 than 2013 and 2014. This was also an increase in alcohol-related injuries and fatalities, which were both higher than the previous four years. General 2015 Accident and Collision Statistics According to preliminary results, there were 111,791 total accidents and collisions in 2015. Of those, 82,191 resulted in property damage and 29,036 resulted in injury. There were also 509 total fatalities. These death and injury rates are higher than both 2014, in which there 451 fatalities and 28,801 injuries, and 2013, in which there were 491 fatalities and 28,474 injuries. Overall fatality rate increased by .11 percent from the previous year (0.89 percent in 2014 compared to 1 percent in 2015). Alcohol-Related Crashes With a total of 5,491 crashes in 2015, drunk driving accidents were significantly higher in 2015 than in the previous four years (4,932 in 2014; 4,954 in 2013; 5,024 in 2012; and 5,297 in 2011). A total of 218 fatalities and 3,171 injuries occurred because of  drunk driving accidents in 2015. These, too, were higher than in previous years (162 fatalities and 2,694 injuries in 2014; 185 fatalities and 2,660 injuries in 2013; 2,907 injuries in 2012, and 2,984 injuries in 2011). However, the fatalities from drunk driving accidents in 2011 and 2012 were higher than in 2015 (225 and 223, respectively). Speed-Related Crashes In all, Wisconsin saw 18,389 speed-related accidents, which caused 7,828 injuries and 167 fatalities. Overall, there were fewer crashes than in the previous two years (20,887 in 2014 and 21,290 in 2013). However, more fatalities were attributed to speed-related crashes in 2015 (163 in 2014 and 156 in 2013). Motorcycle Crashes For motorcyclists, 2015 proved to be a more dangerous than the previous two years, with 2,376 total crashes, 91 fatalities, and 2,161 injuries. These rates are compared to 2,101 accidents, 67 fatalities, and 1,914 injuries in 2014, and 2,150 crashes, 83 fatalities, and 1,927 injuries in 2013. Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents Pedestrians were involved in more crashes in 2015 than in 2014 (1,244 versus 1,183). They also experienced more injuries (1,244 in 2015 compared to 1,119 in 2014) and fatalities (45 in 2015 compared to 42 in 2014) than in the previous year. Bicycle accidents were also higher for 2015 than the year, with 1,055 accidents in 2015 (compared to 925 in 2014). Fatalities (10 versus 4) and injuries (976 versus 844) were also higher for 2015 when compared to 2014 bicycle accident rates. Involved in an Accident? Seek Representation with a Skilled Accident Attorney There are likely a number of factors have contributed to the overall increase in accidents during 2015, however, regular, everyday, working individuals are still in pain, receiving medical care, missing work, or no longer alive because of these accidents. If you or someone you love happened to be one of them, you may be entitled to compensation. The skilled Milwaukee automobile accident attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, can help. Dedicated to serving the needs and best interest of automobile accident victims, they can ensure your rights are protected and will thoroughly investigate your situation to build a strong case. To find out more, call 414-271-1440 and schedule your consultation today.

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Posted on in Personal Injury

Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin car crashe lawyerAutomobile accidents can be deadly when two automobiles are involved. When pedestrians are involved in automobile accidents, their injuries tend to be serious, and more often than not they lead to death.

Recently, a pedestrian was involved in accident caused by the automobile driver. The pedestrian was crossing the street when the automobile driver fatally hit him. Although these accidents are often devastating, they happen too frequently here in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in 2012, there were over 118,000 automobile accidents and 1,273 accidents involving pedestrians. As a result of those accidents, over 1,200 pedestrians suffered injuries while another 35 pedestrians were killed.

Traffic and Pedestrian Laws in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis accident lawyer, Wisconsin wrongful death attorneyGetting struck by an automobile is a traumatic experience for most when two automobiles are involved. But when a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the experience is not only traumatic but also often deadly.

Recently, an individual driving under the influence struck and killed a pedestrian. At approximately 7:15PM on June 18, 2015, the driver sped through a red light and struck a pedestrian who was properly walking within a crosswalk when she was struck by the vehicle.  The pedestrian later died of her injuries at the hospital.

Proving Liability in Pedestrian Accident Cases

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Posted on in Car Accidents

Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerEach year, thousands of innocent pedestrians die and tens of thousands suffer serious injuries from careless or reckless drivers. Of course, the harm that can result from a pedestrian being struck by an automobile, whether it is traveling slowly or fast, is significant, and may certainly lead to lifelong effects. The costs of medical care can add up quickly and exceed the annual income of most Wisconsin families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4,700 pedestrians were killed in 2012 due to traffic accidents while another estimated 76,000 suffered injuries related to traffic accidents across the United States. Based on these statistics, a pedestrian dies every two hours due to a car accident, and every seven minutes a pedestrian suffers an injury due to a car crash as well. Innocent pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than passengers in a vehicle.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyer, Wisconsin injury lawyerPedestrians swarm the streets of Milwaukee, using their own two legs to get around town. And while automobile accidents are scary events that result in injuries to everyone involved, when they involve pedestrians, they usually result in serious injuries or even death.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2013, over 4,700 pedestrians were killed and over 66,000 suffered injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident across the United States. In Wisconsin alone, according to the Department of Transportation in 2013, over 1,270 pedestrians were involved in motor vehicle accidents. Out of those accidents involving pedestrians, 1,231 suffered injuries while 25 lost their lives.

Responsibilities of Pedestrians and Drivers

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