People often do not realize just how dangerous being a pedestrian may be. They feel protected by traffic signals, sidewalks, and designated crosswalks, and usually do not consider the risk of walking along a roadway or crossing intersections. The truth is, many drivers are not aware of pedestrians, or do not realize the circumstances under which pedestrians have the right of way. Pedestrians cannot simply trust that drivers will always be watching or paying attention, because the statistics show that dangerous pedestrian accidents happen on a very regular basis in the United States. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident and have suffered injuries, a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney can help you.
Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 13% of all traffic-related deaths in 2010. Some specific statistics regarding that same year include:
- 4,280 pedestrians killed in accidents with motor vehicles
- Approximately 70,000 more injured in pedestrian accidents
- 73% of pedestrian accidents took place in urban areas
- 68% of pedestrian accidents happened during nighttime hours
- 79% of accidents happened when the pedestrian was not in an intersection
- Almost 50% of pedestrian accidents happened on the weekends
- 33% of pedestrians killed had a blood alcohol level higher than .08%
The statistics seem to demonstrate that pedestrians are in additional danger when they walk at night, on the weekends, in urban areas, and cross the street at non-intersections. It also appears that alcohol use can impair a pedestrian's judgment about safety when walking next to roadways. The elderly and young children also make up a large portion of pedestrian accident fatalities. Older people often cannot move fast enough when a car is coming toward them, and young children have less of a sense of safety rules when walking.
Statistics show that being a pedestrian carries risks of injuries and even death. If you have been in a pedestrian accident and have suffered injuries, a pedestrian accident lawyer can help you recover for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.