Pedestrians are at the greatest risk of anyone who travels along America's roads. Whether you are walking, riding in a stroller, or using a wheelchair, it is unfortunately highly likely that you may get hurt if you are a frequent pedestrian. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 500 people visit emergency room with injuries from pedestrians accidents each day, and in 2010, over 70,000 people were injured and 4,200 pedestrians died due to accident related injuries. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should call an experienced Fayette County pedestrian accident lawyer today to see if you can get reimbursed for your injuries.
At some point in everyone's life, they have been a pedestrian, and pedestrian accidents can happen to anyone. However, there are certain groups of people who seem to be at a higher risk for pedestrian related injuries based on statistics. These groups are:
Senior Citizens: According to the United States Department of Transportation, the seriousness of injuries and rate of death due to pedestrian injuries increases with age. This is perhaps because older pedestrians have less balance and tend to trip on curbs more easily, and also because seniors are generally more likely to succumb to serious injuries.
Intoxicated Pedestrians: Nearly one third of pedestrians who are killed are intoxicated beyond the legal limit. Just as alcohol may impair your judgment behind the wheel, drinking may make you less aware of traffic signals or the risks of ignoring them, and your reaction time may be significantly slowed if faced with a dangerous situation.
Male Pedestrians: There is no definitive justification for why men are significantly more likely than women to be injured in or die from a pedestrian accident. However, according to CDC statistics in recent years, the probabilities seem to be true. It may possibly be because traditionally men are bigger risk-takers or are in a bigger hurry, while women are more cautious to obey traffic signals and avoid danger. However, there is no substantive proof that those stereotypes are necessarily true. The statistics merely demonstrate that men are in pedestrian accidents more often.
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, no matter what your age group or gender, you should contact a Fayette County accident attorney at (770) 487-8999 to discuss your case. The Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you get the settlement you deserve.