Pedestrian Injuries

Pedestrian Injury

Some of the most physically vulnerable moments in our lives involve simply walking across the street.  As pedestrians, when we cross the street, there is nothing but trust between us and a several thousand pound moving vehicle.  When we have the right of way and walk in a crosswalk, we count on motorists to obey the rules of the road. Yet over 137,000 pedestrians are taken to a hospital emergency room after being hit or run down by a motor vehicle.

Why is that?  Sometimes, motorists violate established safety rules for their own personal convenience.  The calculus is simple: the motorist benefits, but the human cost of colliding with a pedestrian is borne by the pedestrian.  As a result, some motorists exceed speed limits in school zones, pass cars already stopped at crosswalks, back up illegally, and commit other violations that put people at unnecessary risk.

On the other hand, sometimes pedestrians take unnecessary risks.  While there is no traffic offense of “walking while under the influence,” a surprising third of pedestrians injured in collisions with motor vehicles had a blood alcohol concentration over 0.08, which would exceed the legal limit for a driver.  

In Oregon, an injured pedestrian, even if partially at fault, is legally entitled to make a claim for personal injury, so long as their fault is less than the driver’s fault.  Of course, many pedestrians did nothing wrong, but there still seems to be a bias against pedestrians and in favor of motorists.  An injured pedestrian often needs the help of an experienced legal advocate.

The attorneys at Corson & Johnson have been representing pedestrians in injury cases for decades.  If you think you have a case, please contact us.

Pedestrian Injury Cases

Child Killed

Pickup Truck and Dangerous Parking Lot combined to cause death.

SUV Illegally Backs Up

SUV backs into mother with young children: $1.3 million.

The attorneys at Corson & Johnson have helped countless individuals and families over the past three-plus decades.
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Pedestrian Injury Resources

Crosswalk Laws: A Driver’s Guide

Crosswalk Laws: A Driver’s Guide

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson bringing awareness on Oregon’s crosswalk laws and how they keep pedestrians safe from injury.

CDC Pedestrian Safety

CDC Pedestrian Safety

In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. That’s about one death every 88 minutes

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