Pedestrians involved in traffic accidents are more likely to sustain serious injury and death than passenger or drivers of motor vehicles. Victims of pedestrian accidents may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, and other damages. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, we encourage you to contact the personal injury attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm to explore your legal options. In the meantime, let's take a closer look at pedestrian accident statistics in this blog post from our Melbourne, FL law firm.
How Many Pedestrian Accidents Occur in a Year?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 150,000 pedestrians were treated for non-fatal injuries in 2013. The CDC also states that pedestrians are almost two times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than occupants in an automobile. This equates to about 4,735 pedestrian deaths, or one pedestrian death every two hours.
Which Pedestrians Are Most at Risk?
Pedestrians involved in a motor vehicle accident are far more likely to suffer serious injury or death than automobile passengers or drivers. Certain pedestrians are more at risk of being involved in an accident than others. The CDC provides the following statistics for those most at risk of injury or death in pedestrian accidents:
- Children: Children are more likely to enter the street without looking for cars, putting them at increased risk of a pedestrian accident. In 2013 alone, one out of five children who died in automobile accidents were pedestrians.
- Elderly: Elderly pedestrians, those who are over 65 years old, make up about 10 percent of pedestrian injuries and 19 percent of pedestrian deaths.
- Intoxicated pedestrians: Pedestrian alcohol intoxication, in which the blood alcohol concentration is greater than or equal to .08 grams per deciliter, accounts for about 34 percent of pedestrian deaths.
Other Risk Factors
Both the driver of a motor vehicle and the pedestrian can increase the risk of a pedestrian accident. Some risk factors that can lead to an accident include:
- Driver distraction
- Distracted pedestrian
- Driving too fast
- Driving under the influence
- Crossing at non-intersection locations, or “jaywalking”
- Walking at night
- Disobeying traffic laws
Preventing Pedestrian Accidents
When it comes to preventing pedestrian accidents, it's important for both drivers and pedestrians to practice caution. However, pedestrians can reduce the likelihood of being the victim of a traffic accident in the following ways:
- Cross the street at a crosswalk or intersection whenever available
- Do not cross the street on a red light
- Look left, then right, then left again to check that there is no oncoming traffic before crossing the street
- Walk on a sidewalk whenever possible
- When there is no sidewalk, walk on the shoulder and face traffic
- When walking at night, increase visibility by wearing reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, there may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. To learn more about your legal rights, you're encouraged to schedule a consultation with the personal injury attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm.