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Our Des Moines Firm Represents Victims of Pedestrian Accidents

Helping bicyclists, walkers, joggers and other Iowa pedestrians recover

Iowa has one of the lowest rates of traffic-related pedestrian deaths in the country, with .59 pedestrians killed per 100,000 people in 2010. However, the 18 families of pedestrians killed and the enumerable other people injured in traffic accidents in 2010 know that this rate is not low enough.

In Des Moines, The Hope Law Firm, PLC seeks zero tolerance for pedestrian deaths in Iowa. Our personal injury lawyers can fight for the justice you deserve if a negligent motorist ran into you while you were walking, jogging, bicycling or engaging in any other activity on one of our state’s roadways or sidewalks. Our team investigates the cause of the crash and builds a strong case against the driver and any other responsible party to recover the maximum possible damages for a claim. We effectively counter assertions that our clients contributed to an injury, a tactic used by defense attorneys to reduce the damages owed by the negligent person, government or corporation.

Causes of pedestrian accidents

A pedestrian is vulnerable to serious injuries even if a motorist hits the person at slow speed. A pedestrian lacks the protection to counter the 4,000 pounds of metal that makes up an average American car. Heavier automobiles, such as SUVs, vans, buses, commercial vehicles and tractor-trailers, and vehicles traveling at high speed compound the risks of catastrophic or fatal injuries.

Motorists can put pedestrians’ safety in jeopardy by:

  • Texting
  • Using a mobile phone
  • Being distracted
  • Driving drunk or on drugs
  • Speeding
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Failing to yield at crosswalks
  • Trying to pass too close

In almost all cases, a pedestrian accident is avoidable if motorists take precautions.

Municipalities can prevent pedestrian injuries

The municipalities of Des Moines and the surrounding towns can take steps to create a more pedestrian-friendly community. Common design and maintenance problems that municipalities can improve include:

  • Dim street lighting
  • Broken traffic signals at busy intersections
  • Stop signs obscured by overgrown vegetation
  • Lack of crosswalks
  • Inadequate bike lanes
  • Damaged or absent sidewalks

The failure to address these conditions can result in pedestrian traffic deaths and injuries.

Corporate responsibility

Corporations can also cause dangerous conditions for pedestrians by:

  • Illegally parking a commercial vehicle in a bike lane
  • Blocking sidewalks with construction materials
  • Damaging walkways, thereby forcing pedestrians to walk into traffic

These are just some of the risks that increase the risk of traffic accidents.

Recover for your pedestrian injuries resulting from an Iowa traffic crash

The Hope Law Firm, PLC  pursues justice for pedestrians hit by drivers. Our personal injury attorneys have one goal: to maximize your recovery in an effective, efficient manner. There is no risk to you to pursue damages. Our firm offers a free initial case evaluation and takes cases on contingency. You do not owe attorney fees unless we successfully obtain compensation in a verdict or settlement. To learn more about your rights, call our law office at 515.255.3559 or contact us online.

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