Pedestrian Injury

Pedestrian Injury

Pedestrians are completely vulnerable and therefore suffer a vastly disproportionate amount of severe injuries and wrongful death when an accident involving a motor vehicle occurs. Approximately 5,376 pedestrians were killed (15% of all traffic fatalities), and 70,000 pedestrians suffered injuries, in U.S. traffic accidents in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pedestrian accidents raise unique issues, and may involve pedestrians or joggers who are struck in a crosswalk, sideswiped by a motor vehicle, hit while in a parking lot, struck while exiting a bus or car, or otherwise injured or killed by a driver who is at fault. All too often, drivers are inattentive to the presence of pedestrians and don't sufficiently look in the direction their car is traveling.

When a pedestrian accident occurs, the pedestrian has the same right to seek financial compensation as any motorist. Just like other accidents involving motor vehicles, it is important to hire a sophisticated and knowledgeable attorney familiar with the unique issues involved in pedestrian accidents and pedestrian injuries, who will conduct a prompt investigation of the accident and your injuries, who has credibility with auto insurance companies, and who will work tirelessly to obtain for you the compensation to which you are entitled.

Pedestrian injuries can also arise from causes other than collisions with motor vehicles, such as hazards created by the defective or dangerous condition of sidewalks or parking lots. Property owners, municipalities, or other third parties may be held liable if they were negligent.

Traffic related deaths are on the rise in the U.S.  Pedestrians are one group that is becoming increasingly at risk of injury or death.

In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.6 hours.

Additionally, almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015.2 Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.3

Pedestrian injuries can also arise from causes other than collisions with motor vehicles, such as hazards created by the defective or dangerous condition of sidewalks or parking lots. Property owners, municipalities, or other third parties may be held liable if they were negligent.

Contact a pedestrian injury attorney

If you or a loved one has been in a pedestrian accident, it is extremely important to talk to a qualified pedestrian accident attorney immediately. If you wait too long to speak with a lawyer, evidence in your case may be lost and  witnesses may disappear. 

References

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic Safety Facts 2015 Data – Pedestrians. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; 20175. Publication no. DOT-HS-812-375. Available at https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812375. Accessed May 19, 2017.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System). Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2015. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars. Accessed May 19, 2017.
  3. Beck LF, Dellinger AM, O'Neil ME. Motor vehicle crash injury rates by mode of travel, United States: Using exposure-based methods to quantify differences. Am J Epidemiol 2007;166:212–218.
  4. Rosen E, Sander U. Pedestrian fatality risk as a function of car impact speed. Accid Anal Prev 2009;41:536-542.

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