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Pedestrian Accidents: What You Need to Know

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

Philadelphia, like other major cities in the United States, is filled with pedestrians going to and from work, school, shops, restaurants, and other locations. Unfortunately, this creates a high risk for pedestrian accidents which could result in serious injuries and possibly death.

Pedestrian accidents can happen in a variety of places, including crosswalks, driveways, intersections, parking lots, parking garages, and highways. They are often the result of car accidents, bus accidents, even hit-and-run accidents.

Many pedestrian accidents are caused by the negligent drivers who fail to operate their vehicles safely. Some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Speeding

  • Impaired Driving

  • Distracted Driving – i.e., Texting

  • Failure to Obey Stop Signs or Traffic Lights

  • Violating the Rules of the Road

Pedestrian Accident Facts

  • According to the US Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian deaths by car accidents have increased by 41% over the past decade.

  • According to the GHSA, 6,227 pedestrians died from car crashes in 2018.

  • According to the GHSA, 5,590 pedestrians died from car accidents in 2019.

  • According to the GHSA, automotive fatalities involving pedestrians are highest in urban areas like Philadelphia.


The Oakes Firm is dedicated to helping injured people and grieving families obtain answers, justice, and full compensation. If you or a loved one have been involved in a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact us now. We are available 24/7 for a free case consultation to evaluate your potential claims. Learn how an award-winning Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at The Oakes Firm can get you the help you need and the money you deserve.



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