Utah Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
We hold negligent drivers accountable when they injure pedestrians.
Due to its natural beauty and good weather, Utah is a great state to live in if you enjoy walking. But anytime you walk near traffic, you face certain risks—especially when drivers aren’t paying attention.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents in 2017 alone. Nearly 140,000 pedestrians were seriously injured that year and required treatment in emergency rooms across the country. Overall, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a vehicle-related accident per trip than people in cars, trucks, and SUVs.
What Are the Top Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Pedestrian accidents have many causes, including:
- Distraction: Today’s drivers are more distracted than ever. When they’re using their phones, their vehicles’ infotainment systems, or other gadgets, they aren’t looking at the road and may be unaware that they are drifting towards a pedestrian or that a pedestrian is crossing the street.
- Alcohol intoxication: According to the CDC, nearly half of all fatal pedestrian collisions involved alcohol, with either the driver or the pedestrian being intoxicated. When pedestrians are impaired, they may not cross the street safely, and when drivers are impaired, they may not see pedestrians or slow down in time to avoid them.
- Speeding: There’s a reason that school zones, residential areas, and densely populated urban areas often have reduced speed limits. When pedestrians are around, speeding drivers put them at significant risk of injury and death. Unfortunately, drivers don’t always obey speed limits, which increases both the chance of pedestrian accidents occurring and their overall severity.
How We Help Injured Pedestrians Get Compensation
At Great West Injury Law, we know the challenges that injured pedestrians face after being hit by negligent drivers. They often have long paths to recovery, and they may need expensive medical treatments and rehabilitation that can last for months or even years. And to make matters worse, they’re often too hurt to work and earn the paychecks their families depend on.
Our Utah pedestrian accident lawyers collect evidence that proves beyond a doubt that the drivers who hit them were negligent, and then we hold them accountable for our clients’ expenses, including their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love was injured by a careless driver while walking in Utah, our firm is here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.