THE PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE INJURY LAWYERS AT SCHMIDT SALITA LAW TEAM HAVE HANDLED CASES OVER PERSONAL INJURY FOR BOTH PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS.
Walking and biking are healthy, environmentally friendly transportation options. More people are walking and biking to work, cities are implementing bike share programs, and transportation planners are taking pedestrians and bicyclists into account.
Unfortunately, pedestrians and cyclists are at an inherent Disadvantage when involved in traffic crashes: when a faster moving vehicle meets a pedestrian or a bicycle, the vehicle always wins. Further, as vehicle technology has improved to protect passengers, non-occupants remain equally vulnerable.
In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, 16% of all traffic fatalities. This is a 1.7% increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2016.
GHSA’s latest Spotlight on Highway Safety Report on pedestrian fatalities projects that 6,227 pedestrians lost their lives on U.S. roads in 2018, the highest annual number since 1990. This would represent a 4% increase from 2017.
Each year about 2 percent of fatalities resulting from motor vehicle crashes are bicyclists. In 2017, 783 cyclists were killed,1 and recent research found that since 2011, an average of 55 additional bicyclists have died annually in the U.S. In 2015, 85% of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle-cyclist crashes were male, and the average age of those killed was 45.2
GHSA recognizes the importance of bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and its member State Highway Safety Offices(SHSOs) administer programs focused on improving safety for people who ride bikes and walk.
In 2017, GHSA released A Right to the Road: Understanding and Addressing Bicyclist Safety. Published through funding from State Farm®, this report analyzes national data to understand fatal bicyclist-motor vehicle crash characteristics, offering 30 actions steps to help State Highway Safety Offices and local communities assess and improve their current bicyclist safety programs.
In 2015, GHSA released Everyone Walks. Understanding and Addressing Pedestrian Safety. The report, made possible through funding from State Farm®, provides an overview of current pedestrian safety data and research and details how states are using this and other information to address pedestrian safety through education, enforcement and legislative initiatives.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
GHSA partners with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) to promote and enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety efforts. In October 2018, GHSA and PBIC co-hosted a webinar discussing pedestrian and bicyclist safety education for children. The webinar recording and slides can be accessed below.
1 National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2018, October). 2017 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview (Traffic Safety Facts Crash•Stats. Report No. DOT HS 812 603). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team Handles a Wide Variety of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team handles cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents. It has many years’ experience in workers compensation , products liability and medical malpractice cases.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, broken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices through out the State of Minnesota. Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I394 and I494. The offices offer handicap accessible with ample parking.
The Schmidt Salita Team Offers Contingent Fee Arrangements.
The firm offers contingent fee agreements (You don’t pay lawyers fees until you collect and then only as a percentage of the settlement). It also offers home and hospital visits to clients whose injuries present difficulty in coming to the office.
“PERSONAL INJURY WITH PERSONAL ATTENTION TO EACH CASE”.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Blaine, Shoreview, Woodbury, Falcon Heights, Columbia Park, Stillwater, Hastings, Inver Grove, Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Richfield, Bloomington, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins.