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Pedestrian Injury

M.A. was hospitalized for several weeks and incurred nearly $1 million in medical expenses after being hit by a bicyclist while walking on the sidewalk. After a series of depositions and through investigation, a confidential settlement was reached for the benefit of M.A.

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Pedestrians – whether walking, running, jogging, hiking, or merely trying to cross the road – are at risk of being hit and killed by motor vehicles. Pedestrians were actually one of the few groups of road users in Indiana to experience an increase in fatalities over the last several years. Many more – an estimated 69,000 — received injuries that were not fatal. When others are distracted, our attorneys stay focused on your needs.

Indianapolis Pedestrian Lawyer

Anyone who walks on or near a road in Indiana is in danger. However, certain factors make the danger more extreme for some than for others:

  • A vast majority (73%) of pedestrian fatalities occur in urban settings, on city streets (including in Indianapolis and other cities throughout Indiana).
  • Over two-thirds of the fatalities happen at non-intersections, such as when crossing in the middle of the block or jogging along the shoulder of the road.
  • 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred during the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.
  • Being a pedestrian is especially dangerous for senior citizens and children.
  • The fatality rate for male pedestrians is double that for females.
  • Almost half of the traffic crashes resulting in the death of a pedestrian involved alcohol, consumer by either the driver or the pedestrian.

If you live in Indianapolis, you know that our streets are dangerous for pedestrians. In 2011 the Indianapolis area saw 294 crashes involving pedestrians, and 29 were fatal, up from the 2010 fatality count of 21.

What causes pedestrian accidents?

A pedestrian can be injured or killed because of his or her own actions or because of the negligence or recklessness of a driver. Sometimes those on foot are in a hurry and choose to cross the street in the middle of the block rather than at a crosswalk, or they cross the street when oncoming traffic has the green light rather than waiting for the light to change so they may safely cross. Children at play dart into the road without stopping to look for traffic; sometimes they are too small to be seen by a truck or bus backing up.

Indianapolis Pedestrian Accidents

Driver distraction causes many motor vehicle accidents, including those in which a pedestrian is hit. Texting, talking on a call phone, taking eyes off the road to attend to passengers, referring to GPS maps – all of these activities can distract a driver and cause him to run down a person walking or jogging by the road. Many states have laws prohibiting use of a cell phone in a school zone, but these laws are often ignored. All too many drivers try to make it through a yellow light before it turns red, or even blatantly run red lights, endangering pedestrians in the crosswalk.

At McNeely Stephenson, we know how to conduct a thorough investigation into an accident’s causes to determine the best course of action for our injured clients and those who have lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident. Call Mike Stephenson at 855-206-2555 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation.

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Pedestrians do have a legal duty to follow the laws which apply to them, such as the Indiana law requiring pedestrians to obey traffic signals. Pedestrians do not have the right of way when the traffic signal is against them (in other words, walking when the sign says “Don’t Walk”).

But many times a driver is found to have been negligent in the operation of his or her motor vehicle, and an Indiana personal injury attorney such as Mike Stephenson can win financial compensation for the victim. Such situations include those in which the driver failed to yield the right of way, ran a red light, rolled through a stop sign, was speeding or driving while drunk or distracted.

Under these conditions, Mike Stephenson’s many decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured citizens of Indianapolis and elsewhere in the state of Indiana can help you collect compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and financial loss. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, Mike Stephenson can assist you in the filing of a wrongful death case against the negligent driver.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

How Mike Stephenson Can Help You

Indiana Pedestrian Accident Attorney, Mike Stephenson

Mike Stephenson believes justice matters – justice for those who have been harmed and have to endure pain and medical expenses due to a driver’s negligence and for families who have lost a loved one. We will put our resources to work for you to advocate for your rights as a pedestrian. Cars, trucks, buses and other motor vehicles do not own the road: pedestrians have rights, too. For instance, if a sidewalk is not available, pedestrians may walk along the shoulder of the road.

 

Aggressive courtroom advocates and tenacious settlement negotiators, our Indiana pedestrian accident lawyers will fight for your rights. When others breach their duty, we keep ours. Call 855-206-2555 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation.

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