Pedestrian accidents in West Virginia often result in very serious or fatal injuries. That’s because pedestrians have little protection against accidents involving cars or trucks.
Weirton, WV (PRWEB) October 02, 2013
A West Virginia pedestrian accident resulted in the recent death of a Morgantown, WV resident, illustrating just how dangerous such accidents are, according to West Virginia personal injury lawyer Steven Recht of Recht Law Offices.
“Pedestrian accidents in West Virginia often result in very serious or fatal injuries,” Recht said today. “That’s because pedestrians have little protection against accidents involving cars or trucks. And worst of all, most people probably never expect to be involved in a pedestrian accident when they’re crossing a street or walking alongside a road. The physical toll and emotional impact of these accidents can be devastating. As personal injury lawyers, we’ve seen first-hand how these accidents can turn lives upside-down.”
The fatal pedestrian accident in Morgantown, WV occurred on Aug. 19, according to WBOY News, “1 Pedestrian Killed After Accident in Morgantown” (Aug. 20, 2013). The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on South High Street near the intersection with Simpson Street, WBOY News reported.
The pedestrian was identified as James Robert McClain, 79, of Morgantown, WV, according to NBC News, “1 Pedestrian Killed After Accident in Morgantown” (Aug. 20, 2013). The accident remains under investigation by police.
Each year, more than 4,000 pedestrians nationwide are killed and more than 70,000 are injured in pedestrian accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, a total of 4,280 pedestrians died as a result of injuries sustained in traffic accidents in the United States, according to CDC.
West Virginia drivers need to be more aware of pedestrians in order to prevent such accidents from occurring in the future, according to West Virginia pedestrian accident lawyer Steven Recht of Recht Law Offices said.
“Too often, too many drivers are not paying attention to everything that’s happening on the road around them,” Recht said. “That’s often why so many pedestrian accidents happen in West Virginia. Even though texting while driving in West Virginia is against the law, some drivers still engage in such dangerous activities. Other drivers might be talking on a cellphone or eating or doing something else that diverts their attention. Speeding and drunk driving are other common causes of pedestrian accidents. Whatever the reason, a personal injury lawyer can help pursue compensation and closure for victims and their families.”
For more information about what to do after a pedestrian accident in West Virginia and the legal options available to families, call 1-800-HURTLINE (1-800-487-8546) or go to: http://www.rechtlaw.com/contact
About Recht Law Offices
Recht Law Offices handles all types of serious personal injury and wrongful death cases in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, from car and truck accidents to nursing home abuse, slip and fall injuries and workers compensation claims. The attorneys at Recht Law Offices work on a contingency fee basis. That means clients pay nothing if they don’t win. For more information about what to do after a pedestrian accident in West Virginia and the options available to families, call 1-800-HURTLINE (1-800-487-8546) or use the firm’s online contact form. Recht Law Offices is located at 3405 Main Street, Weirton, WV 26062-4505.