Pedestrians are in danger of suffering severe injuries in a collision with any type of motor vehicle. When the pedestrian is in a wheelchair, however, they lack the mobility and agility to avoid a crash. Often, unfortunately, the street design directly leads to a collision.
Crosswalks and intersections can be dangerous for pedestrians under normal circumstances. When the pedestrian is struggling with a movement disability, however, curb accessibility issues can lead to catastrophic accidents. Fortunately, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) outlines numerous requirements that city planners and engineers must follow specifically regarding curb ramps. ADA requires curb ramps when a pedestrian walkway intersects the street. Some design elements can include:
If a pedestrian becomes trapped in an intersection crosswalk, serious wheelchair accidents can occur. Similarly, if the slope of the curb ramp is not level at the top, the wheelchair pedestrian can inadvertently roll into heavy traffic. By following the ADA guidelines and encouraging drivers to be attentive of all pedestrians, the goal is to reduce wheelchair accidents in the future.
When an accident has left you, your child or loved one seriously injured, we can help pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to. Turn to The Law Offices of Christian J. Amendt for the experienced help you need. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 909-766-1994 or contact us online.