Stunning Facts about Pedestrian Accidents in Oregon

Portland, OR- There are a myriad of ways walking is beneficial. Walking is great exercise and a very efficient way to get around Portland, but it can be equally as dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that a pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to be killed in an accident each time they go for a walk. Here our team of accident lawyers in Oregon will discuss some stunning facts about pedestrian accidents.
Do you know who might be in more danger on the streets of Portland is? A motorist? A pedestrian? Or, a bicyclist? The answer is: pedestrians. The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation reports that pedestrian fatalities accounted for a third of fatal traffic accidents in 2014. That’s significantly higher than the national average of 14 percent.
The two groups at greater risk of being injured or killed in a pedestrian accidents are adults over the age of 65 and children between the ages of 5 and 9. On a national scale, seniors accounted for 20 percent of pedestrian fatalities and children accounted for 9 percent.
In Portland, intoxicated pedestrians accounted for 30 percent of fatalities in auto-pedestrian accidents. According to the CDC, 34 percent of intoxicated pedestrians involved in fatal accidents had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 percent, while only 14 percent of involved motorists had a BAC above the legal level. Seventy-five percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred at night or other low-light conditions, according the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation.
Pedestrian and auto accidents have a number of causes as with any traffic accident and both parties can play a role.  Distracted driving or walking is a primary cause of these deadly accident as is jaywalking on behalf of a pedestrian. Speeding on the part of motorists is also a common negligent behavior observed in pedestrian accidents.
There are steps pedestrians can take to prevent a pedestrian accident. We’ll share a few steps pedestrians and motorists can take to prevent a pedestrian accidents.
One: Pedestrians should increase their visibility at night by wearing something reflective, light-colored clothing and carrying a flashlight.
Two: Pedestrians should avoid jaywalking and cross a street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.
Three: Walk on a sidewalk whenever possible. If a sidewalk is not available, the walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming traffic.
A final tip: if you have been involved in a serious pedestrian accident, speak with an accident lawyer near you in Portland for help with your injury claim. Having a lawyer to speak for you, protect your interests and advocate for a fair settlement amount will ensure your personal injury or wrongful death claim.
USAttorneys has a team of outstanding lawyers in Oregon who will be devoted to your case and ensure your case has the best outcome. If you live in Portland, we recommend you contact the offices of Douglas Green at 503-935-5450 and set up a time for a case evaluation. As a knowledgeable accident lawyer in Oregon, Mr. Green can help you present an effective claim.

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