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As Portland Pedestrian Accident Rate Continues to Climb, Know Your Risks

2019 has been devastating for Portland in terms of pedestrian accidents. The number of people killed during the first two-thirds of the year already equals more than in 2018 and there are still three more months to go. While city planners grapple with ways to address the problem, it is important for Portland residents to be aware of the risks and to take the appropriate steps to protect themselves.  

Protecting Yourself Against Pedestrian Accidents In Portland

Another pedestrian was killed recently in Portland, becoming the 37th victim of a pedestrian accident this year. According to a September 2019 report by KOIN 6 News, the crash occurred at the corner of Northeast Portland Highway and Northeast 45th Avenue, just after 8:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening. Police have not released many details, only that where it occurred is designated as a ‘high crash street’. Residents living in the area claim part of the problem is poor lighting and a general lack of crosswalks. It is these types of issues that city planners and public safety officials hope to address through the Portland Vision Zero Plan

The plan was implemented in 2016, with the goal of reducing the overall number of accidents and injuries through infrastructure improvements and increased public awareness. Unfortunately, these changes have done little to prevent the high rate of Portland pedestrian accidents in 2019. Whether walking to stay fit or as a means of transportation, it is important to take steps to protect yourself: 

  • Always use sidewalks and crosswalks at intersections;
  • Before stepping into the street, look left, then right, then left again;
  • If walking at night, wear light colors and consider carry a flashlight;
  • Avoid distractions while walking and pay attention to what is going on around you;
  • Avoid earbuds, which can cause you to not hear horns, tires screeching, or other signs of an impending collision. 

People Who Face the Most Risk

According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three categories of people most likely to fall victim to pedestrian accidents and injuries: 

  • Older adults: Older adults represent just over 10 percent of residents in Portland, but account for more than 20 percent of all pedestrian accidents. Age and overall declining health make it more likely that injuries they suffer will end up proving fatal. 
  • Children: Young children and adolescents are impulsive and more likely to suddenly step into the street without looking. This puts them at risk for pedestrian accidents which, due to their smaller size, tend to be severe. 
  • Impaired people: To avoid driving under the influence, many people attempt to walk home instead. Unfortunately, this increases pedestrian accident risks. Call an Uber or have a friend drive you instead. 

Let Us Help You Today

Despite your precautions, pedestrian accidents can still occur. When they do, the Johnston Law Firm, P.C. can help you get the compensation you need to recover. Reach out and call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland pedestrian accident attorneys online to request a consultation today. 


Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.