People Ask for Tougher Punishment for Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian injury and/or fatalities are most commonly caused by careless or unsafe driving practices. When involved in an auto accident as a pedestrian, it is unlikely that anyone would be able to protect themselves against the crushing effects of an out-of-control motor vehicle. In turn, this is why pedestrian accidents usually result in death or catastrophic injury. For this reason, people all across the nation are up in arms to protect the rights of the pedestrians that are put in harm's way.

One family in Kanawha County is proof of this, as they have been working to create tougher law regarding pedestrian safety, ever since Debbie Cunningham was struck by a car in a grocery store parking lot. Her husband, Greg Cunningham, explains that he wants the "laws changed here in West Virginia to protect me and you, to protect the pedestrians." His wife spent 18 days in the intensive care unit of a local hospital after slipping into a coma, and when she was eventually able to return home, her husband had to quit his job to take care of her. Greg has since started an online petition in the hope that things will change, so that laws will hold negligent drivers more severely responsible for pedestrian accidents.

Greg Cunningham is not the only one seeking change, however. In lieu of more than 200 pedestrian fatalities last year in New York City, the NYPD is now being sued for failure to investigate these accidents properly. One man is deeply enraged over the handling of his wife's case, after she was struck by a car while crossing the street. It is reported that the investigation was called off when police concluded that she—Clara Heyworth—was not fatally injured. She died the next day, but "an investigation didn't begin until three days after her death, leaving crucial evidence lost." Her husband has now followed this inaction on the part of the police with a lawsuit against them and the driver, Anthony Webb.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, seeking legal representation should be a necessary step. In the case of both Debbie Cunningham and Clara Heyworth, action has been rightfully pursued in the hope that tougher laws and a more proactive approach will help to lessen the number of accidents that occur each year. Negligent drivers should be held accountable for the harm they have caused, especially to unprotected pedestrians, so do not hesitate to follow suit and take action against this hazardous behavior. At the Whitley Law Firm, a Raleigh personal injury attorney can assist you in filing a claim, so contact the firm today for more information about your case.