In a college city like Eugene, Ore., it should come as no surprise that the rate of pedestrian-related auto accidents are higher than other areas, which likely translates into a higher demand for accident injury attorneys. With so many pedestrians and so many cars sharing the same space, often with the added component of rain, the incidence of injury is inevitable. One report by the Transportation for America, a transportation advocacy group, named the Eugene-Springfield metro area “the most dangerous in Oregon for pedestrians” between 2000 and 2009, according to a television news story on KMTR.com. This means a lot of auto-related pedestrian injuries, and a need for Eugene personal injury lawyers.
According to the data in the report, “487 people were killed while walking in Oregon” during that nine-year period, resulting in a cost to the state of more than $2 billion. This number does not even include the amount of money compensated to victims by negligent parties in those accidents, money which <a href=" http://eugeneinjurylawyers.com/eugene-car-accident-attorneys/">auto injury lawyers</a> were able help get for their clients. In the Eugene-Springfield metro area – which in this report includes other Lane County cities such as Veneta, Walton, Florence, Pleasant Hill, Walterville and Cottage Grove – during that same time period the number of pedestrian deaths was 63, second only to the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro area. However, a closer look at the data shows that the Eugene-area pedestrian deaths equal nearly the same percentage of total traffic accidents that were pedestrian-related in each of those metro areas, and that the deaths-per-100,000 was actually a shade higher in the Eugene-Springfield metro area (1.27 vs. 1.2).
The Transportation for America report, called “Dangerous by Design 2011,” outlines poor road design and speed as primary threats to pedestrians everywhere. It also cites that many arterial roads do not even have sidewalks for long stretches, and that throughout the United States, “67% of all pedestrian fatalities occurred on roads that are eligible to receive federal funding for construction or improvement.” The report also shows a disproportionate number of elderly people being involved in these pedestrian-and-auto accidents – in Oregon nearly 25% of the fatalities were of people 65 and older.
While some people debate the report’s statistics, Eugene-Springfield metro planners take this as a clear indication that pedestrian safety needs improvement and infrastructure, according to the KMTR article. However, until these improvements are made, individuals who are involved in these accidents, either as a driver or passenger in a car or as a pedestrian, need to make sure that the details of each crash are understood and that responsibility is fairly dealt. To do this, Eugene personal injury attorneys are needed to sort out the evidence and determine whether or not negligence was involved.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an accident involving a car and a pedestrian, and need the assistance of an accident injury lawyer in Eugene to help sort the details of your case, contact Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys. With an office in Eugene, the experienced lawyers at Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys, who specialize in accidents and injury, can protect your legal rights and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
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