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.
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. In 2021, 63 people were killed in traffic accidents, with 27 of them being pedestrians. This was the most traffic fatalities since 1990.
Portland has specifically tried to address the issue of traffic safety with more dedicated pedestrian crossings, and to some extent greater police activity. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents will continue to occur, with such mishaps requiring the services of a personal injury lawyer.
The Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
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 the complete absence of a proper walkway. After any pedestrian mishap, it will take the involvement of a personal injury lawyer to determine who is most culpable for damages.
According to statistics, the following are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in Portland:
- 71% of pedestrian crashes take place at intersections (44% at signalized intersections)
- 20% are caused by drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
- Because of the long distances between marked crossings, 25% of all pedestrian accidents occur in the middle of the block.
- Low-light conditions account for 49% of all pedestrian accidents.
Avoid an Accident – Tips for Pedestrians & Drivers
A pedestrian accident can happen to anyone, anytime. Whether you prefer driving or walking, keep these safety tips in mind.
While Walking or Running:
- Use signaled crosswalks as possible and look both ways before crossing the street.
- If there isn’t a crosswalk or intersection nearby, look for a well-lit area with a good view of traffic.
- If you exercise at night, use reflective clothes or devices that make it easy to see you from a distance.
- Avoid wearing headphones or using your cell phone while walking.
- At crosswalks, slow down/stop for pedestrians.
- Respect the speed limit.
- When turning, give way to pedestrians and cyclists.
- When passing stopped vehicles, use caution.
- Be extra careful when driving at night or in low-light conditions.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Right to Compensation
If you or a loved one have been involved in a pedestrian accident, damages may be needed to pay for medical care that was required or to compensate for lost wages. Damages 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.
Have you or a loved one been involved in a pedestrian accident?
Our experienced pedestrian injury attorneys are here to help. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible — in general, you have 2 years from the date you were injured to file a claim/lawsuit.
Schedule a free legal consultation or call (503) 223-7770 to talk about your case.