Reports of pedestrians in Indiana who are being hit cars seem to litter the news and happen far too frequently. Like bicyclists, pedestrians are often left vulnerable to the force of motor vehicles should a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accident occur. Also like bicyclists, pedestrians are not noticed by drivers even when pedestrians have the right-of-way and often times the driver cannot avoid hitting them until it is too late. Although this has become a problem, the pedestrian accident lawyers at Caress Law Group believe that, through social awareness and by ending distracted driving, pedestrian accidents in Indiana can be reduced.
Just recently, in the early morning of June 9, 2013, a pedestrian was hit by an automobile near the intersection of 22nd and College in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department reported that the injured person was immediately rushed to the hospital in serious condition. This pedestrian was eventually identified as 31 year-old Robert Thomas, who was thankfully upgraded to stable condition the next day. Not all victims of pedestrian collisions are so fortunate. On May 29th, Donna Ubelhor, a Lafayette, Indiana woman, was tending to her flower garden when an out-of-control car entered her yard and ran her over, causing her death. Additionally, on May 1st, David Heady was crossing East Morris Street’s intersection with S. Meridian Street in Indianapolis when he was hit by a speeding motorist who fled the scene. David Heady ended up dying from these injuries on May 22, 2013.
These are all very sad and recent examples of a problem that seems to be forming here in central Indiana involving pedestrian accidents. The story is no different with bicycle accidents; Caress Law Group’s bicycle attorneys have seen a rise in bicycle injuries as well. Bicycle and pedestrian accident are more probable to occur in the spring and summer months when people are more likely to be out walking, running, or even gardening. As a result of all the serious injuries they have seen, the emergency staff at Wishard Hospital has issued a warning to drivers, pedestrians, and bikers in the area to be careful when out on Indiana roadways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 460 people on average will be injured in pedestrian-related accidents each day and one pedestrian will die every 2 hours due to involvement in a traffic crash.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims who have died and been injured in the recent onslaught of pedestrian fatalities and pedestrian injuries in Indiana. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident in Indiana, please don’t hesitate to contact Caress Law Group’s pedestrian accident lawyers. We devote a portion of our practice to helping injured bicyclists get back on their feet, and we also take great pride in representing injured pedestrians as well. Like cyclists, pedestrians are not protected while on the road, and the injuries can often be devastating. Feel free to call us at 317-255-5400 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. All consultations are free and easy – we look forward to helping.