Serious pedestrian accidents should be few and far between but, sadly, research indicates they're anything but. According to statistics from the University of Kentucky's Kentucky Transportation Center, there are more than 1,000 accidents involving pedestrians reported in the state each year. Of those more than 1,000 pedestrian accidents, more than 800 results in injury, and more than 80 are fatal.
Pedestrian accidents can leave victims with severe—or even disabling—injuries and an outlandish amount of unexpected medical debt. For victims who are out of work attempting to recover from their injuries or who are facing a permanent disability rending them unable to work, this debt couldn't possibly come at a worse time.
Fortunately, pedestrian accident victims injured in crashes caused by someone else's negligence may be entitled to compensation for their losses. Hurt in a Kentucky pedestrian accident? Here's what you need to know.
Common Pedestrian Accidents in Kentucky
Everyone is a pedestrian at the beginning and end of his or her journey—and at every stop in between. Despite this fact, many motorists fail to watch for pedestrians in or near the road. The following types of pedestrian accidents are common in Kentucky:
- Crosswalk and intersection accidents. Many pedestrian crashes occur at crosswalks and intersections, where motorists should know to watch for people on foot.
- Non-crosswalk crossing accidents. Sometimes accidents occur when pedestrians attempt to cross the road outside of a crosswalk. In Kentucky, these pedestrian accident victims may potentially share in liability.
- Side-of-the-road and shoulder accidents. Even when pedestrians take precautions—like walking on the side of the road facing traffic—motorists may not look for them, resulting in accidents.
- Backover accidents. These accidents often occur when a motorist backs out of a parking spot or driveway without sufficiently checking behind their vehicle. Sadly, very young children and the elderly are often the victims of such accidents.
- School bus crossing accidents. These particularly devastating pedestrian accidents often occur when a motorist fails to stop for a school bus that has its stop sign out.
Common Pedestrian Accident Causes
Nearly all pedestrian accident cases involve negligence—either on the part of the motorist or the pedestrian, and often both. Common pedestrian accident causes include:
- Distracted driving behaviors, such as eating or drinking, grooming, operating an entertainment or navigation system, or talking, texting, or surfing the Internet on a smartphone
- Aggressive or reckless driving, including disregarding traffic lights, signage and laws, intimidating others on the road, or participating in illegal street racing
- Drunk or drugged driving, which may include motorists driving under the influence of impairing prescription medications
- Drowsy driving
Pedestrian Accidents in Kentucky
Pedestrian accidents are a persistent problem throughout the state of Kentucky. According to the Kentucky Transportation Center, Cumberland, Breathitt, Mason, Scott, and Jefferson Counties have the highest pedestrian accident rates in the state. Additionally, Louisville, Covington, Shively, Bellevue, and Hazard are the cities with the highest rates of pedestrian accidents in their respective population categories—with Shively boasting the highest pedestrian accident rate of any Kentucky city.
Common Factors in Kentucky Pedestrian Accidents
- Location. Fatal pedestrian accidents are more common in urban areas.
- Lighting. More pedestrian accidents occur during the nighttime hours than during the day, or at dawn or dusk.
- Age. Children age 14 and younger represent more than 20 percent of people killed in pedestrian accidents. However, the average age of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents is 47, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Gender. More than two-thirds of pedestrians killed in fatal traffic accidents are male.
- Alcohol. Alcohol is a factor in nearly 50 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents.
Consult a Knowledgeable Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Were you seriously injured in a pedestrian accident? At Shane Smith Law, our Kentucky attorneys can help you fight for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us today to request a free initial case consultation and we'll be in touch within 24 hours to schedule your appointment.