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Morgantown, WV Pedestrian Injury Attorneys
You thought you had the right of way entering the crosswalk or peddling through the intersection. The driver should have yielded or been more careful.
Every year in communities throughout West Virginia, hundreds of innocent adults and children are injured or killed while walking on a sidewalk or pedestrian crossing, attempting to board the school bus, or riding their bikes legally on our streets.
The streets of Morgantown, especially downtown on High Street and Spruce Street, University Avenue, Beechurst, and any roads near West Virginia University are particularly notorious for pedestrian accidents. Nearly every year, one or more students are killed while trying to cross these streets.
When a car or truck hits a pedestrian, biker, or wheelchair operator, there is usually no question about who is going to suffer.
Many pedestrian and bicycle accident cases are hit and run, or involve a situation where the car driver doesn’t carry insurance. That means you have to rely on your own uninsured driver policy to file a legitimate claim.
Surprisingly, your insurance company may treat you as a hostile claimant, and you will need to fight to get the amount you are entitled to. It’s not right. It’s not fair. But it’s the way the game is played by the insurance industry. The Robinette Legal Group puts you on an even playing field. Our attorneys are former insurance defense lawyers who understand the strategies and tactics insurance companies use to limit their liability.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are far from rare. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2012:
4,743 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in the United States;
Pedestrian deaths accounted for 14% of all vehicle crash fatalities;
19% of pedestrian deaths were committed by hit-and-run drivers;
73% of pedestrian fatalities were in urban areas;
30% of fatalities occurred at intersections;
15% of pedestrians killed in crashes were 70 years old or older;
76,000 pedestrians were injured;
Of the 76,000 injuries, 14,000 (or 18%) were to children under 15 years old.
Whether they are outside with a parent, playing with friends, or walking alone, children are at risk for being hit by a car anytime they are near a roadway. Unfortunately, when children are hit by cars, they are almost always injured and sometimes are killed because of the negligent driving of an adult. In these cases, the driver often suffers nearly as much as the family of the child.
Going up against an insurance company to fight for full and fair money damages for your injuries or financial losses is no easy task. Insurance companies often devote substantial financial resources trying to beat you down and frustrate you until you accept their low settlement offer.
Free Consultation · No Attorneys Fees Unless You Win · Former Insurance Defense
Our firm has experience representing clients in all types of pedestrian and bicycle accident injury and wrongful death claims, including: