Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise

August 17, 2018 | By

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Legal Assistance for the Victims of Pedestrian Accidents in Portland

The stunning increase in pedestrian accidents occurring in Portland has led some public authorities to seek answers and means of reversing the trend, and for those directly involved to seek financial compensation. The victims of these accidents and their families can find the help they need from a personal injury lawyer in Portland. This type of assistance is available from the law firm of Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP.

The Risk to Pedestrians

Portland is known to be a hospitable place for pedestrians, but walkers still face risks that have increased in recent years. The number of pedestrians killed in Portland reached 18 in 2017, which represented an increase of more than 20 percent in deaths over the previous year. Portland has specifically tried to address the issue of traffic safety with greater police activity. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents will continue to occur, with such mishaps requiring the services of a personal injury lawyer Portland Oregon.

The Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Some authorities have attributed to rise in accidents to the decline in the cost of gasoline, which simply increases the number of cars on the road. Pedestrian accidents often occur in crosswalks and result from driver distraction or outright carelessness. The use of alcohol or drugs is a factor in many accidents, as is the inattention of walkers or drivers attributed to the use of personal electronic devices. Some pedestrian accidents may even result from the poor condition or complete absence of a proper walkway. After any pedestrian mishap, it will take the involvement of a personal injury lawyer Portland to determine who is most culpable for damages.

The Right to Compensation

Damages may be needed to pay for medical care that was required or to compensate for lost wages. They can also be sought by victims to compensate for the suffering related to their injuries and by the family members of those who have been killed or injured. However, a successful lawsuit will require intervention by a personal injury lawyer in Portland. This is why pedestrian accident victims and their families should specifically consider the services available from the law firm of Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP.

 

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