Schedule Your Free Consultation
Toll-free: 866-456-6423
Local: 916-677-4979
Rosenthal & Kreeger LLP
  • More Than 25 Years Experience
  • Excellence
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
Practice Areas

Pedestrians in wheelchairs at higher risk in accidents

The roads of many California cities can be particularly unforgiving for pedestrians, and a new study suggests that those in wheelchairs may be especially vulnerable. Academics from Georgetown University say that pedestrians in wheelchairs are 36 percent more likely to be killed when struck than those on foot, and careless motorists are often the reason why. The study was based on NHTSA accident statistics recorded between 2006 and 2012, and it was published in the online medical journal BMJ Open.

According to the researchers, car accidents in crosswalks involved wheelchair-bound pedestrians 48 percent of the time, and the vehicles that struck them did not attempt to slow down or avoid a collision in 78 percent of the accidents studied. The research team also pointed out that pedestrians riding mobility scooters may also have a higher risk of being killed in a crash.

While the researchers conceded that drivers may sometimes have difficulty seeing pedestrians in wheelchairs, they also pointed out that the absence of even late braking or evasive maneuvers indicate that motorists often do not pay sufficient attention to pedestrian traffic or may be distracted by electronic devices such as cellphones. However, researchers accepted that those in wheelchairs may have medical situations that make them more vulnerable in accidents.

Pedestrians struck by cars, trucks or SUVs rarely have time to move out of the way, and this is particularly true for those confined to a wheelchair. Personal injury attorneys may file lawsuits against negligent motorists on behalf of pedestrians who suffer injury, loss or damage in an accident caused by reckless behavior or the families of those who have lost a loved one. This litigation may seek to hold negligent drivers financially responsible for their actions by seeking compensation for funeral costs, medical bills and lost income.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Success Stories
  • Avvo Clients Choice
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorneys
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Peer Review Rated
  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys California

EnvelopFind Out How we can help you

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

2251 Douglas Blvd., Suite 120
Roseville, CA 95661

Toll Free: 866-456-6423
Phone: 916-677-4979
Fax: 916-774-7203
Roseville Law Office Map

1903 21st Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866-456-6423
Phone: 916-677-4979
Phone: 916-229-6744
Fax: 916-774-7203
Sacramento Law Office Map