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PA Pedestrian Accidents Rise At Christmas

Shorter days and extended holiday hours can be a deadly mix for Pennsylvania shoppers.

Far more pedestrians are struck and killed by vehicles at night – almost 71 percent – than during daylight hours, according to crash statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

And most of these deaths occur in areas other than intersections, such as mid-block crossings, driveways, and parking lots.

The danger is especially great in the Christmas season when excited shoppers are rushing to and from malls and downtown business districts with armloads of packages and children in tow.

A total of 1,539 pedestrians were injured when hit by a vehicle in non-daylight hours, according to the 2011 Pennsylvania DOT Crash Facts and Statistics – and 106 pedestrians were killed.

If you or a loved one is hurt in a pedestrian accident in Pennsylvania, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights and options.

Elderly pedestrians age 70 and older are more likely to be killed if struck by a moving vehicle. Twenty-nine elderly pedestrians were killed in 2010.

Younger pedestrians (age 19 and under) account for 34 percent of pedestrian injuries.

Get a free consultation with an experienced Scranton pedestrian injury lawyer at Munley, Munley & Cartwright today. Call 877-763-2343 or use this online contact form.

 

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