I know I am and many Oregonians are taking advantage to jog, run or walk as a way to enjoy life and get exercise. The higher level of personal exercise in recent years means there is more of a challenge for Portland and other Oregon cities to integrate pedestrians safely into traffic patterns.
Sad Oregon Statistics
In the US, there were 70,000 pedestrian injuries reported in 2011, which caused 4,432 deaths. In Oregon, there was a 20% increase in the number of fatalities and injuries from pedestrian accidents in 2012. This makes pedestrian accidents more devastating and frequent than bike, bus, motorcycle and truck accidents in Portland.
Oregon has made extensive efforts to reduce pedestrian accidents and vehicle motor speeds with exclusive pedestrian signal phases, sidewalks, overpasses and underpasses and raised medians.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Study, it was found that the average risk of serious pedestrian injury was 10% if the impact speed was 17 MPH. It was 50% at 33 MPH, and 90% at 48 MPH. Lowering vehicle speeds allow drivers and pedestrians more time to react to situations that lead to death or serious injury. When struck at 40 MPH, you have an 80% chance of death. But if you are hit at 30 MPH, you have an 80% chance of survival.
Pedestrians are not protected with helmets or airbags therefore their injuries are usually serious. The chance of traumatic brain injury rises with the age of the pedestrian.
All Pedestrian Injuries Are Long Lasting
The chances of serious injury in a pedestrian accident rise with the age of the person. The incidence rate is almost 24$ in accidents where the walker is over 65. Serious spinal cord injuries occur in 5% of pedestrian accidents, with the elderly 20 times more likely to have spinal trauma. All age groups suffer serious fractures. The most common are pelvic and tibia fractures, facial fractures, scaring, PTSD.
What To Do If Injured In Pedestrian Accident
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident in Oregon, there are several things that you should do:
- You need to fill out an Oregon Accident and Insurance Report directly with the Oregon DVM within 72 hours of the accident.
- Take time to write down what you remember about the accident, what happened, who was involved, details of where the accident happened, names of people involved and witnesses.
- Preserve any documentation you have. Take good care of photos, recordings, information exchanged.
- Talk to a good pedestrian accident attorney at The Herron Law Firm to evaluate if you have a strong case or not. We always recommend having your personal injury attorney work with the insurance company and their lawyers. Do not give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company without your attorney present.
Common Statute Of Limitations
Usually, injured pedestrians would have only two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. But in many cases, the statute of limitations timeline is much shorter. Don’t delay, call our pedestrian accident attorney Bart Herron right now at 503-699-6496.