There are measures that we can take as a community to reduce the risk and severity of pedestrian motor vehicle accidents. These accidents can be reduced by measures that separate pedestrians and vehicles by time or space; that increase visibility and that reduce speeds. Other measures such as community education programs also help. Read on for more information and what your community can do to reduce the tragedy of pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents.

There are measures that we can take as a community to reduce the risk and severity of pedestrian motor vehicle accidents. These accidents can be reduced by measures that separate pedestrians and vehicles by time or space; that increase visibility and that reduce speeds. Other measures such as community education programs also help. Read on for more information and what your community can do to reduce the tragedy of pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents.

Many safety measures can be engineered into our roadways by community planners who are alert to the dangers pedestrians face in crossing public roadways. Engineering changes like sidewalks, overpasses and "refuge" islands in the medians of busy two-way streets help to provide physical separation between vehicles and pedestrians. Traffic signal timing can be used to provide separation in time between vehicular and vehicle traffic.

Increased illumination is effective at increasing the visibility of pedestrians.

Placing bus stops at the "near," "far" or mid-block positions can have significant impact on pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns. The best positioning may depend on factors specific to the intersection and community at issue. For more on this subject, try this interesting website on bus stop placement.

Speed control or "traffic calming" devices such as roundabouts in place of STOP signs or traffic signals; speed bumps; and multi-way STOP signs have been shown to reduce vehicle speeds and increase driver awareness.

Education messages, particularly those targeted at young children, can reduce "dart outs" and other pedestrian accidents.

Other community based efforts can have less direct but nevertheless substantial effect on pedestrian safety. For example, safe, clean, attractive and fun activities and places like parks and playgrounds reduce the number of children playing on the street in urban areas and thus reduce the number of traffic accidents involving children.

The point is that we are not helpless. As a community there are steps we can take to reduce the number and severity of pedestrian accidents. We should be aware that these measures exist and we should insist that our community leaders take action to put such measures to work in our community.

The Erie pedestrian accident lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. have experience with cases involving pedestrians who've been injured in collisions. These cases often result in serious and disabling injuries that require extensive medical care. They also present unique liability and insurance coverage issues. Our primary goal and objective is to make sure our clients and their families receive the compensation and resources they need to treat and manage their pedestrian accident injury and to compensate them for their losses.

As skilled Erie injury lawyers who have helped clients injured in pedestrian accidents, we understand how to evaluate these cases and help you obtain the funds necessary to pay for the medical care and, if necessary, surgical care you need to help you to recover from your pedestrian injuries.

Call the Pennsylvania Injury Lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. today, toll free 877-505-9548 to schedule your free and confidential consultation with a Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Lawyer.

We will fight for your legal rights to the money and resources you need to fix what can be fixed, help what can be helped and make up for what cannot be fixed or helped