Recent news stories have highlighted the dramatic increase in pedestrian accidents and deaths on Maine roadways. As of mid-December 2015, there have been 16 deaths across the state. While national statistics are not available for 2015 yet, this is a serious concern among residents of Lewiston/Auburn, particularly if you are someone who has been impacted by an accident involving a pedestrian. A review of Maine data shows that over a period of five years, there have been 51 fatalities involving pedestrians on Maine roads.
The Rise in Maine Pedestrian Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Bureau (NHTSB) there were 11 pedestrian deaths on Maine roadways in 2013. This number was lower than 2008 and 2009 when 13 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents. Some professionals believe the higher cost of fuel resulted in more pedestrians which could account for the increase in accidents along with milder weather and waning sunlight. Unfortunately, across the United States, six percent of all roadway fatalities involve pedestrians. This translates to one person injured every 8 minutes and one killed every 113 minutes. Maine reports an average of one pedestrian struck by a vehicle on a daily basis.
Maine Pedestrians: Serious Injuries and Death
Pedestrians have very little protection when they are struck by a vehicle. Those victims who do not lose their lives may face devastating injuries including spinal cord injuries, broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. Being struck by a car may mean undergoing surgery, facing weeks of rehabilitation and losing time from work and school. The responsible party may be held financially responsible for the expenses you incur while you are recovering as well as your lost wages.
Protecting Yourself on Lewiston/Auburn Roadways
Pedestrians must always be aware of their surroundings when walking around Lewiston/Auburn. Some of the steps you can take to minimize your risk of being involved in an accident include:
- Be visible to drivers – it can be difficult to see a pedestrian dressed in dark clothing at night or dusk. Carrying a flashlight with you can also increase your visibility.
- Travel safely – whenever possible, you should take advantage of crosswalks. However, just because you are using a crosswalk does not mean a car operator will be able to see you. Allow yourself plenty of time for crossing and if you are uncertain whether an approaching driver is paying attention, try to get the driver’s attention before crossing any roadway.
- Always be aware of surroundings – even if you are not crossing a street, it is possible for an automobile to strike you. Be conscious of the sounds around you and ensure you are in a position to get out of the way should a vehicle jump the curb.
Contact an experienced Maine Attorney
If you are struck by an automobile in Lewiston/Auburn or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, contact the Maine pedestrian accidents attorneys at Fales & Fales, P.A. at (888) 526-9408 for a free case review. It costs nothing unless the attorneys are successful in obtaining compensation from the person responsible for your injuries.
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