In a crowded city like Bridgeport, pedestrian and bicycle collisions are bound to happen. Anywhere people and vehicles have to interact, there will be harmful accidents. It is an unfortunate reality of city living. Luckily, injured bicyclists and pedestrians in Connecticut don’t have to suffer in silence. The civil system offers financial remedies to those who are victims of negligence-related accidents. The pedestrian and bicycle accident lawyers at Harlow, Friedman & Adams, P.C., have represented dozens of individuals in Bridgeport and can help you as well.
Facts on Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety in Bridgeport
Bridgeport is the fifth-most populous city in all of New England and the most populous in Connecticut. Walking and biking are popular ways to get around Bridgeport, weather permitting. The city encourages alternatives to motor vehicle transportation, as it’s better for the environment and for personal health. Yet the city is not always welcoming to pedestrians and bicyclists. Angry drivers, a confusing infrastructure, and lack of crosswalks all contribute to collisions. Here are the latest statistics in Bridgeport:
- Pedestrian. In 2014 (the most recent year data is available), there were 100 reported pedestrian collisions in Bridgeport. The city ranked third place in Connecticut in terms of pedestrian crashes. Three of these collisions were fatal, and 90 caused injuries.
- Bicycle. There were 50 bicycle crashes in Bridgeport in 2014, with 43 resulting in injuries and seven involving property damage only. Bridgeport ranked third in the state in terms of the number of bike crashes.
One death due to someone else’s negligence is too many. It is up to every driver in Bridgeport to look out for the safety of our most vulnerable road users. Texting and driving, driving while intoxicated, drowsy driving, and reckless driving all cause pedestrian and bicycle collisions with automobiles. In these cases, the victims can take the driver to court to demand full compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our Bridgeport pedestrian and bicycle lawyers want to help.
Why Call an Attorney?
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents are some of the most damaging and traumatic for victims. You may not feel safe walking or be biking the streets of Bridgeport after your accident and suffer from nightmares, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder – on top of recovering from injuries and possibly dealing with long-term physical harms. Don’t let a negligent driver or other party get away with causing you so many personal injuries, emotional trauma, and financial harms. Taking one or more party/ies to court can be the best way to shed light on your accident and receive a recovery.
An attorney knows the roadway laws in Bridgeport and can help identify who is legally at fault for the accident. If you have to go up against more than one defendant, a hit-and-run driver, or the government, these cases can be more complex than typical claims. Working with a lawyer can give you peace of mind and the ability to focus on yourself after a crash. Instead of struggling with the red tape of the civil justice system, let a lawyer do the legwork for you. Contact us for a consultation.