Detroit Law Firm Fraser & Souweidane, P.C., Comments on News Article Questioning Pedestrian Safety in Detroit

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Car accident attorney Stuart Fraser IV, a founding partner at the firm, says the findings of a nationwide study on pedestrian safety should serve as a call to action for drivers across Detroit.

Many people in Detroit and other major metropolitan areas across the United States choose to walk or bicycle to and from their destinations each day. Unfortunately, pedestrians and bicyclists do get injured for any number of reasons.

Commenting on a recent Crain’s Detroit Business article revealing Detroit to be one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians, Detroit personal injury attorney Stuart Fraser IV stressed today the importance of driver education and safe driving habits in curbing fatal pedestrian accidents across the city.

The October 7 article, “Detroit ranks among most dangerous cities for pedestrians, new report says,” cites a Liberty Mutual Holding Co. study that evaluated pedestrian safety based on traffic data, infrastructure and residents’ perceptions about safety. Out of 25 cities studied, Detroit ranked last, according to the report.

“Many people in Detroit and other major metropolitan areas across the United States choose to walk or bicycle to and from their destinations each day,” said Fraser, a founding partner at Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. “Unfortunately, pedestrians and bicyclists do get injured for any number of reasons. In our experience, we find that driver inattention plays a major factor in these accidents. These accidents can be complicated, which is why it’s important for people who are injured through no fault of their own to speak with an experienced lawyer.”

According to Crain’s Detroit Business, researchers from Liberty Mutual conducted phone interviews with 2,500 residents in 25 cities and measured other factors including traffic data and city infrastructure in determining the rankings. Over 4,700 pedestrians were killed in 2012, according to statistics in the article attributed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Crain’s Detroit Business indicated that while countdown lights and crosswalks with flashers have helped increase driver awareness and pedestrian visibility, distracted driving remains a problem nationwide. A 2013 Liberty Mutual study found more than two-thirds of drivers talked or texted while driving, according to the article.

Attorney Fraser said he urges drivers to keep an eye out for pedestrians and people on bicycles. “When you’re looking at a cellphone or otherwise distracted while driving, you’re essentially driving blindfolded,” Fraser said. “In a flash, you can strike a pedestrian. Even if you’re not going very fast, the person on foot or riding a bicycle who is hit by the vehicle can become seriously injured. If you are injured or your loved one is injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, we urge you to seek the advice of legal counsel. An attorney can fight for compensation and hold the negligent driver accountable.”

About Fraser & Souweidane, P.C.

The attorneys at Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. have over 45 years of experience protecting the rights of personal injury and accident victims in Detroit and throughout the Tri-County area. Practicing law in Michigan since 1978, attorney Stuart Fraser IV has obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients. Founding partner Edward Souweidane has practiced law in Michigan since 1993. He was named as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit in personal injury by DMagazine, Detroit’s premier business journal. In addition to car and truck accident cases, the experienced legal team at Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. handles premises liability cases, wrongful death cases, and a variety of other personal injury cases.

If you’re looking for more information on what to do after an accident in the greater Detroit area, contact Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. today for a free case consultation or call 586-463-0100. Visit the Mount Clemens office location at:

10 S Main St #302
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

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