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Pedestrian Accidents

COMMITTED TO PROTECTING PEDESTRIAN INJURY VICTIMS

Every day, innocent pedestrians are injured and killed in automobile accidents. Whether walking, running, sitting, or lying down, people going about their daily lives on foot are involved in injury accidents involving motor vehicles every few minutes in the United States. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian fatalities has remained somewhat consistent throughout the past decade. However, in 2014, 15 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians — a four percent increase from 2005.

UNITED STATES PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT STATISTICS

In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States. An additional estimated 65,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes. The following pedestrian accident statistics for 2014 are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.
  • Alcohol impairment was reported in 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes.
  • Eighteen percent of pedestrian fatalities involved a hit-and-run driver.
  • Pedestrians were killed more often in the dark (72 percent) than in daylight (24 percent).
  • Nineteen percent of children 14 and younger who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • California lead the nation in pedestrian fatalities (697), followed by Florida (588) and Texas (476).

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?

Severe and fatal injuries can occur when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle. Even at low vehicle speeds, life-altering damage can be done to pedestrians. Common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Internal injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head/brain injuries
  • Death

WHAT CAUSES PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS TO OCCUR?

Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable to the actions of reckless and negligent drivers. Common causes of pedestrian-related crashes include:

  • Distracted drivers
    • There were 520 nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.) killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2014.
  • Poor visibility
    • In 2014, 72 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in the dark
  • Drunk driving
    • An estimated 14 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes involved a drunk driver in 2014.
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
    • Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks in most situations.
  • Poor roadway design
    • Streets without sidewalks or crosswalks and other dangerous road conditions can increase the risk for a pedestrian accident.

FIVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVERS

There are ways to decrease the risk of a pedestrian-car collision. Follow these guidelines to help keep pedestrians safe while driving:

  1. Keep an eye out for pedestrians at all times and remain vigilant in high-trafficked areas.
  2. Follow the speed limit, especially in school zones and inside neighborhoods, where pedestrians frequent.
  3. Drive slower in poor road conditions and on streets with poor lighting.
  4. Look for pedestrians when backing out of a driveway and parking spots in a parking lot.
  5. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.

HIT BY A CAR OR TRUCK? CONTACT OUR TEAM OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS

If you or a loved one were hurt after being struck by an automobile, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of experienced pedestrian injury lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. We will help you recover the maximum amount of compensation and bring the negligent driver to justice. In addition, you won’t pay a thing unless we win your case. Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has a track record of achieving record-breaking verdicts, settlements, and judgments for clients. Extensive legal and financial resources allow our attorneys to put you in the best position possible to recover the damages you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review.

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