Is Pittsburgh’s South Side More Dangerous For Pedestrians?

Posted By: SSF Law Firm Posted In: Pedestrian Accident Posted On: March 23, 2019

When you are out and about in the city, we know that you take the steps necessary to remain safe. On foot, you know there are dangers, especially considering how much vehicle traffic there is. However, we know that some areas of the city are more dangerous than others. East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side is one of those places.

At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we know that pedestrian accidents are scary and you may not know what to do in the aftermath. If you need a Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on us to work tireless on securing the compensation you deserve.

What Is Being Done?

The plans for creating a safer pedestrian environment on the South Side have been in the works for years. The city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure will begin a project this month to install lower pedestrian lights in the business corridor between South 10th and South 25th.

Closer to summer, you the Pennsylvania DOT will begin working on a pedestrian safety project between Smithfield Street Bridge and South 33rd Street. This will have new traffic signals and will reduce street-crossing distances for pedestrians.

We are excited about the changes because we know that pedestrian crashes are a major problem in the state. For the latest reporting year, there were a total of 151 pedestrian fatalities and 4,413 pedestrian injuries across Pennsylvania.

  • 64.2% of the pedestrian crashes that year happened in cities
  • Nearly all pedestrian crashes result in an injury or fatality

Pedestrians have no protection from the force of a vehicle. Even at low rates of speed, a person can become seriously injured when struck by a vehicle. At high speeds, the results are often fatal. Treating pedestrian crash injuries can become incredibly costly, especially if a victim suffers from one of the following severe injuries:

  • Spinal cord trauma (possible paralysis)
  • Traumatic brain injuries/head injuries
  • Internal organ damage or bleeding
  • Severe lacerations, amputations, or broken bones

Many pedestrian crashes happen in areas where pedestrians have the right-of-way. Often, the fault lies with a negligent or careless driver. We know that careless drivers often ignore crosswalks or turn through red lights at intersections.

Of particular concern are impaired drivers. Alcohol-impaired drivers were responsible for 26% of all traffic fatalities in the year discussed above. Just as dangerous to pedestrians are distracted drivers who have their eyes glued to their phones or other devices.

What We Can Do To Help

If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our qualified and experienced team is ready to assist you in securing the following compensation:

  • Coverage of your medical bills
  • Lost income if your injuries keep you from working
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages

When you need a Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling at 888-98-TWINS(89467).

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