When pedestrian accidents occur, the injuries can often be very serious or even life threatening. Pedestrians do not have the protection of being in a vehicle, being restrained by a safety harness, or airbags, and the human body is very fragile when compared to a 2000 lbs. vehicle. Often, drivers may be less aware of pedestrians than other vehicles on the road, and may fail to notice them. In addition, drivers can be distracted by texting, talking to another passenger or on the phone, the radio, or other drivers and may fail to be aware of pedestrians.
For statistical purposes, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines a pedestrian as any person on foot, walking, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down and is involved in a motor vehicle traffic accident. According to the NHTSA, in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic incidents, and an estimated 70,000 were injured. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and one injured every nine minutes.
Nearly three-quarters of pedestrian fatalities occurred in an urban setting; similarly, 76% of fatalities occurred at non-intersections. Almost 9 out of 10 fatalities occurred during clear weather, and 7 out of 10 occurred at nighttime. Broken down by age, pedestrians over the age of 25 accounted for 19% of all pedestrian fatalities and around 11% of injuries. The fatality rate for this group was also higher than for all other age groups. The NHSTA reports that in 2010, 19% of children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians, and those under 15 represented 7% of all pedestrian fatalities and 23% of all injuries.
Almost of third of pedestrian fatalities occurred in the evening hours (after 8 p.m.), and almost one-half (48%) occurred between Friday and Sunday.
Pedestrian accidents can be very serious, and can leave people with lifelong injuries. As a result, pedestrians who have been injured by a careless motorist may be entitled to substantial compensation. To determine whether you have a case, it is important to have your circumstances reviewed by an experienced Coweta County Pedestrian Accident attorney. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is comprised of lawyers committed to representing the rights of people injured by the negligence of others. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our pedestrian accident lawyers, call us today at (770) 487-8999.