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Category: Pedestrian Accidents

Sep 7, 2018 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

DO YOU STOP FOR A SCHOOL BUS ON A DIVIDED HIGHWAY?

With our schools back in session, it is a good time to refresh our understanding as to when motorists must stop for a school bus on a divided highway. We have found that even experienced motorists still have some uncertainty when determining whether they are required to stop for school bus on the other side of a multi-lane roadway. Does it matter if the lanes on the roadway are divided by a turning lane, a jersey barrier, a grassy divide or a median strip? Do you know what the law in Pennsylvania requires? The general rule is that all motorist must stop at least 10 feet away from a school bus that has its red lights flashing and “stop arm” extended, whether if you behind the bus, meeting the bus from the opposite direction, or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. You must remained stopped until the red lights have stopped flashing. If children have exited the bus, you must not move your vehicle until all the children have reached a place of safety off of the roadway. If you observe the amber lights of the school bus flashing, this is an indication that within 150 to 300 feet the school bus will be activating its red flashing lights and stopping. Drivers can proceed past a school bus if only the amber lights are flashing, but drivers must be prepared to stop when the red lights are flashing and “stop arm” has been extended. While these rules seem straight […]

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Apr 3, 2017 - Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Safety

Each year thousands of pedestrians are injured and killed in accidents with vehicles.  These accidents are tragic but often preventable.  Drivers and pedestrians need to take steps to ensure everyone’s safety.  Contact an Allentown injury law attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC today by calling 888-777-7098 if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian-related accident. Pedestrian Injury Statistics The statistics surrounding pedestrian-related vehicle accidents are extremely sobering.  A recent survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found sobering statistics relating to pedestrian accidents.  In the year surveyed: There were 4,735 pedestrians killed in traffic. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in crashes. Pedestrian deaths accounted for 14 percent of all traffic-related deaths. 26 % of pedestrian fatalities occurred in the evening hours. 69% of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were males. Alcohol involvement (driver and/or the pedestrian) was reported in 49% of all fatal accidents. Unfortunately, the survey also found that one-in-five of the pedestrians killed were struck in crashes that involved hit-and-run drivers.  These statistics make it clear that pedestrians must take steps to protect themselves. Please contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC today if you have been injured in a car accident.  Getting us involved early in the process is critical to ensuring you get full compensation for your injuries. How Can Pedestrians Protect Themselves? The Centers for Disease […]

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Oct 13, 2016 - Pedestrian Accidents

DOES REFLECTIVE GEAR REALLY WORK TO PREVENT PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS?

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inPedestrian Accidents on Thursday, October 13, 2016. In the struggling economic environment of today, many Pennsylvania residents choose to walk or bike to their destinations. While most of these activities occur during the day, more and more pedestrians are taking the road at night as well. Walking is cost-effective, of course, but it is also good for your overall health. However, there are dangers inherent to walking at night and one of these is poor visibility. There have been many studies aimed at identifying visibility factors for nighttime drivers. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, published an abstract of one such study in its Journal of Vision. The study tested the how drivers see pedestrians at night and involved several factors such as driver age, distance from pedestrians and the clothing configuration of the pedestrians. The ability of drivers to detect pedestrians was significantly improved when the pedestrians were wearing reflective clothing. Most all safety-focused organizations recommend the use of reflective gear or clothing to reduce or prevent pedestrian accidents. Used in tandem with other pedestrian safety measures like crossing only at designated locations and facing oncoming traffic while walking, reflective gear does appear to be a major factor in preventing pedestrian accidents. You can do your own testing as well. Most traffic signs are reflective so you can begin to notice how long it takes you to spot these signs while driving. You should notice […]

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Aug 18, 2016 - Pedestrian Accidents

HOW RUNNERS CAN AVOID CAR ACCIDENTS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Thursday, August 18, 2016. For the avid runner, many hours are typically spent on the shoulder of the road, putting in mile after mile. This can create a fairly dangerous situation, as it only takes one negligent driver to cause an accident, and the prolonged — and consistent — exposure means runners are at a high risk. There are things that runner can do to avoid accidents, though, such as wearing bright clothing during the day and donning headlamps when running in the evening or the early morning. Some runners will also wear reflective vests. Many accidents happen when drivers just don’t see runners, so being as visible as possible makes a huge difference. It’s been said that vests increase visibility for a quarter of a mile, while headlamps increase it for a half a mile. Even at 60 miles per hour, that could buy you half a minute of visibility that would wouldn’t have otherwise. It’s also wise to be as predictable as possible. Run where drivers expect you to be, such as on the shoulder. Face traffic when you can. Cross when there is a light and a crosswalk. Don’t suddenly change your direction, especially without checking for cars. Try to avoid anything that would obstruct a driver’s vision, like a row of parked cars. Drivers have expectations about runners. If you do what you can to act the way they already expect, […]

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Aug 1, 2016 - Pedestrian Accidents

RISK FACTORS FOR PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inPedestrian Accidents on Monday, August 1, 2016. Accidents can’t be avoided entirely. Every year, pedestrian accidents take hundreds and hundreds of lives in the United States. For example, 4,735 people died in 2013 alone. Every two hours, a pedestrian was killed in a crash. On top of that, over 150,000 pedestrians ended up in the emergency room that year with injuries that were not fatal. Studies have shown that pedestrians are actually one and a half times as likely to die in a car crash on every trip than people in those cars. However, looking at the risk factors can help people take positive steps to reduce the chances of an accident. Consider the following: — Just under 20 percent of all of the people killed in these accidents were at least 65 years old. This same age group accounted for about 10 percent of those who were injured. — Young children are also in danger. For every five children under 14 who passed away in an accident in 2013, one was a pedestrian. — Alcohol is involved heavily in these accidents. It was noted in just under 50 percent of all deadly accidents. — The above does not just mean that drivers are drinking. In 34 percent of the deadly accidents, the pedestrian had a blood alcohol concentration over 0.08, which is the legal driving limit. While this is not illegal, it does show the involvement. What […]

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Jun 3, 2016 - Pedestrian Accidents

KEY PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC LAWS IN PENNSYLVANIA

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Friday, June 3, 2016. Many laws have been put in place in Pennsylvania to keep pedestrians safe, some of which focus on those people and some of which focus on the traffic around them. Below are a few key laws to know. — If one car stops to let a person go across the road in a crosswalk, all other vehicles have to stop as well. This is to prevent a following car from trying to pass, not seeing the person and hitting him or her in the crosswalk. It is important to note that this applies in multi-lane streets, so drivers in the next lane have to stop even if no traffic is stopped directly in front of them. — If there are control lights for the pedestrians telling them when to walk and when to stay on the sidewalk, they have to follow those controls. They should not cross against the signal, even if it looks clear to them. — If there aren’t any light controls for the pedestrians, though, the pedestrians then have the right of way. If they are in the crosswalk, the vehicle has to wait for them. — There are unmarked crosswalks. Drivers are responsible for knowing where these are and have to give the right of way to the pedestrians, even if they are not within any white or yellow lines. — Similarly, it is assumed that a […]

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Apr 22, 2016 - Pedestrian Accidents

SAFETY TIPS PEDESTRIANS CAN UTILIZE

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Friday, April 22, 2016. There is an incredible level of danger with any pedestrian accidents, so it’s wise to take steps to protect yourself. Even if you’re not at fault—if a driver hits you while you’re legally crossing the street, with the signal, for example—the ramifications for you are far worse than they are for the driver. Use these tips to stay safe. 1. If you’re out at night, it’s a good idea to wear bright clothes. You may even want to consider clothes with reflectors on them, which are often worn by cyclists. Some experts have said that it can also be wise to carry a flashlight. 2. Stick to the sidewalks as much as possible. This can’t be done everywhere, though, so be sure you face traffic when walking on the shoulder. 3. Look three times before going across the road. For example, start by looking to the left, then look to the right, then switch back to the left before stepping over the curb. 4. Don’t text while you walk. If crossing a road, don’t use your phone at all. Wait until you’re on the other side. 5. Be highly alert for any cars that are turning. Remember, even if the walk signal says you can walk, a driver may also be legally able to turn. He or she is supposed to stop for you in the crosswalk, but drivers sometimes don’t […]

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Jan 20, 2016 - Pedestrian Accidents

RED LIGHT TURNS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HAZARDOUS FOR PEDESTRIANS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. It hasn’t always been legal to turn right on a red light. In some places, it still isn’t. However, back in the 1970s, the idea gained a lot of momentum, and now it’s common to be able to turn right when a light is red unless there is a sign instructing you not to do so. One issue that seems to go overlooked, though, is that this is and always has been dangerous for pedestrians. When drivers turn right on a red, pedestrians may have a walking symbol on the street onto which the cars are turning. The car then turns through the crosswalk. Of course, drivers are technically supposed to check for pedestrians before they turn, but many just look at the cross traffic in the street. They also may look for people who are walking without seeing faster-moving pedestrians, such as people who are out for a run or riding a bike. So, how big of an issue has this been? It was studied in the 1980s, after right turns on red lights had been legal for roughly a decade. What was found was that accidents with pedestrians in these situations went up by a full 60 percent. Later studies found the same issue. While a right turn on red doesn’t result in an accident very often—just 0.4 percent of the crashes at intersections with signals—the percentage of those […]

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Dec 22, 2015 - Pedestrian Accidents

PEDESTRIAN CRASHES HAPPEN AT DIFFERENT TIMES FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Tracking pedestrian accidents and the times they tend to happen can be fairly straightforward. For example, most of these crashes happen during “peak periods,” which occur in the morning and afternoon. They largely coincide with the times when people go to work or head home from work. At these times, there are the most cars on the road and greater numbers of pedestrians, so crashes are statistically more likely. Fatal accidents, though, happen later in the day. They are most common after five, when most people get out of work, and before 11 at night. Contributing factors during this time include darkness, alcohol use, and higher traffic numbers than are seen in the middle of the day. For kids, the greatest dangers are in the early summer, in May, June and July. It has been speculated that this is simply because children are out of school for these months, before returning in August or September. They are also more likely to be outside in the summer in Pennsylvania, when it is warmest. For older pedestrians, daylight hours are actually the most dangerous. This is when the elderly are outside most often—seeing as how many of them are past retirement age—and so crashes are more common than the morning and evening, when they tend to be at home. As you can see, different groups of people have their own risk factors and […]

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Nov 20, 2015 - Pedestrian Accidents

DISTRACTED DRIVERS ARE A SERIOUS THREAT TO RUNNERS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inPedestrian Accidents on Friday, November 20, 2015. Runners have a right to run along the side of the road, but that doesn’t mean it’s always safe. Drivers—and especially those who are distracted—can cause many accidents, which can easily be fatal. It’s important for runners, who may be very dialed-in to their times and keeping on pace, to be well aware of these dangers. Experts warn that drivers who are using different gadgets behind the wheel, like tablets and smartphones, are especially dangerous. They only need to swerve off of the road and onto the shoulder for a brief second to hit a runner. If no one was there, the driver may just have heard the change in road noise and corrected his or her course, not thinking it was much of a big deal. This lax attitude, though, can be deadly to a runner. So, what can runners do to protect themselves if they don’t want to be confined to gyms and treadmills? They should consider: – Running on the left so that they face traffic.- Choosing bright clothing. Reflective clothing is even better.- Not listening to music on headphones while they run. These things are especially important at night. Though runners may have all the right in the world to be there, it’s very hard for drivers to see them at night, with the shadows and the glare from other cars. Plus, drivers often don’t check for […]

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