As health and environmental concerns peak among the U.S. population, the number of pedestrians on the road continues to rise. Sadly, so does the rate of pedestrian accidents. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) says alcohol and distractions are driving factors in the increase. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a pedestrian crash, and alcohol or distracted driving was involved, you may be entitled to compensation. Learn more, including how an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can assist, with help from the following information.
Pedestrian Accidents and Distracted Driving
States across the country have started to ban cell phone use behind the wheel, but this is not the case in Wisconsin. Though texting is prohibited for all drivers, talking on the phone is only illegal for newly licensed drivers or those driving through a construction zone. That means all other drivers may legally handle their phones and engage in conversations while driving. Sadly, this is a form of distraction that can have catastrophic consequences.
Studies have shown that it is not just texting or using social media that can increase a driver’s risk of an accident; talking can do it as well. In fact, one study determined that any intense or mentally challenging conversation, whether with a passenger or someone on the phone, can increase a driver’s risk of a crash.
Pedestrian Accidents and Alcohol Intoxication
Although driving under the influence is illegal in every state, including Wisconsin, the rate of drunken driving continues to rise throughout the country. Sadly, this is also driving up the rate of pedestrian accidents (as well as all other crashes), the Wisconsin DOT says. As such, pedestrians are encouraged to be extra diligent while crossing traffic or walking alongside it. Wear reflective clothing, carry a light, and use crosswalks whenever they are available.
Sadly, a pedestrian can be hit, even when they have done everything correctly. In such instances, it is crucial that they seek immediate legal assistance. Not only does this increase the chances that the victim will receive full and fair compensation, it gives them and their family the time they need to grieve and heal after an accident.
Contact Our Green Bay Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a distracted or drunken driver while walking, contact Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. for assistance. Our seasoned Green Bay pedestrian accident lawyers can examine your case and explain what options may be available to you and your loved ones. Compassionate and experienced, we aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome in every case. Get started by scheduling a free and personalized consultation. Call 920-739-7366 today.