In a Fact Sheet regarding Pedestrian Safety, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 4,378 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States. In addition, 69,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes. These figures work out to an average of one pedestrian fatality every 2 hours and one pedestrian injury every 8 minutes as a result of a traffic accident. According to the CDC, this makes pedestrians one and one-half more likely to be killed than vehicle occupants on each trip.
The groups most at risk are older adults, young children, and drivers and pedestrians who are alcohol impaired.
- Pedestrians aged 65 and older – this group represented 18 percent of all pedestrian deaths in 2008, and an estimated 10 percent of all pedestrian injuries
- Children between 5 and 9 – one in every 5 children in this group killed in a traffic accident was a pedestrian
- Alcohol impaired pedestrians and drivers – 48 percent of traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian death involved alcohol impairment for either the pedestrian or the driver
Not surprisingly, there is a direct correlation between the speed of a vehicle, the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck, and the severity of speed. Likewise, most pedestrian related traffic incidents occur in urban areas as opposed to rural areas, at non-intersection areas, and at nighttime.
The CDC has several suggestions for ways that pedestrians can prevent injuries and death from auto accidents:
- They advise pedestrians to be particularly careful at intersections, in situations where drivers turning onto a street may fail to yield to pedestrians who may be crossing the street in the driver’s path
- The CDC recommends that pedestrians should increase their visibility at night by wearing retro-reflective coating and carrying a flashlight
- If possible, pedestrians should try and cross streets at designated crosswalks. In addition, pedestrians should use sidewalks whenever available; if it becomes necessary to walk in the street, they should walk in the street facing traffic
Contact a Coweta County pedestrian accident lawyer for a free consultation
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should contact one of the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys of The Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free case review. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at (770) 484-8999.