Idaho Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Were you or someone you know recently involved in a pedestrian accident in Idaho? If so, you may have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim. If you lost a loved one because another driver wasn’t paying attention, this may lead to a wrongful death claim.
When another driver is responsible for a pedestrian’s injuries, a legal claim may be used to help recover compensation and losses. As the number of pedestrian crashes has grown around the country, awareness is also being raised about situations in which pedestrians increase their accident likelihood due to being under the influence, not paying attention or crossing streets outside of crosswalks.
When an accident happens, critical questions about liability and injury claims emerge. Our law firm has extensive experience with pedestrian injury and wrongful death claims and encourages you to get help as soon as possible due to the statute of limitations.
What’s Behind Pedestrian Crashes in Idaho?
Did you know that according to the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety, that a pedestrian was injured in a traffic crash every 39.8 hours across 2015? This is just one harrowing statistic that indicates the rising concerns associated with pedestrian injuries and fatalities across Idaho.
Pedestrian wrecks and accidents could be caused by:
- Reckless driving, like running through a red light or stop sign
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Aggressive driving
When the motorist is at fault, a pedestrian is eligible to pursue a personal injury claim with the help of an attorney. After an accident, victims have enough to worry about- getting legal help from an experienced lawyer can help an injured pedestrian focus on recovery.
Impaired Driving and Pedestrian Accidents in Idaho
In 2015, impaired driving accidents increased by 20.8% and in fact, 40% of all Idaho fatalities were due to impaired driving. There were 87 individuals killed in impaired driving accidents, and 89% of these individuals were a person riding with an impaired driver, the impaired driver or an impaired pedestrian. Crashes involving pedestrians had an 11% decrease in 2015.
Of all the pedestrians who were involved in vehicle crashes in 2015, however, the vast majority at 96% suffered some type of serious injury. The economic costs of vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in Idaho was just over $116 million. Given that impaired pedestrians were involved in 6% of all pedestrian crashes and one-quarter of fatal pedestrian accidents, it is extremely important to be mindful of how being on foot, but under the influence of drugs or alcohol could significantly increase your chances of being involved in a serious accident.
Why You Must File a Legal Claim Now
Waiting too long to get the help that you need after being involved in a pedestrian accident could jeopardize your ability to file a claim. The right attorney can help evaluate your case and determine whether or not you have grounds to file a legal claim to recover compensation.
After a pedestrian accident, the road to recovery can be a long one- start turning the wheels of justice now by filing a legal claim for compensation.