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- Pedestrian fatalities account for 11 percent of motor vehicle fatalities.
- Over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle accidents between 1975 and 2005.
- Pedestrians comprise the second largest category of motor vehicle accident deaths following occupant deaths.
- On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes.
- On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 111 minutes.
- In 2005 a total of 4,881 pedestrian were killed in motor vehicle accidents.
- In 2005, the per capita pedestrian death rate was 1.6 per 100,000 people.


Pedestrian Accidents

Every year there are thousands of road accidents in the United States, and over 100,000 of these involve pedestrians getting injured or killed. More than fifty percent of pedestrian accidents in the United States result in the death of the pedestrian, making this a serious concern and problem. Nearly fifty percent of pedestrian accidents that result in death occur between 3:00pm and 4:00pm, and so in many cases they involve school children who are on their way home from school. Statistics show that it is children, along with the elderly, that are most at risk of injury or death as a result of a pedestrian accident. The majority of these deaths and injuries are caused by a negligent driver.

There are a number of common reasons why pedestrian accidents occur. In some cases, it can be the fault of the pedestrian - for instance, a child may run out right in front of a car. If the car is already too close to come to a stop, it is likely that injury will occur. However, if the vehicle was speeding at the time of impact then it will be most likely classed as the fault of the driver, even though the pedestrian may have walked or run out in front of the vehicle. In the vast majority of cases however, it is not the fault of the pedestrian at all but the cause of driver negligence. This includes negligence such as:

  • The driver not paying attention, being pre-occupied, texting and cell phone use

  • The driver speeding and not adhering to the limits set on that particular road

  • The driver failing to stop at pedestrian crossing and in other pedestrian right of way areas

  • A driver failing to pay and attention while driving the vehicle

  • A driver that is over the legal alcohol limit or has been taking drugs

Although it is important for pedestrians be cautious where there is traffic around, in many cases the pedestrian is not at fault in any way. Therefore, those affected by a pedestrian accident may be eligible to claim compensation for the damage and harm caused by the accident. A pedestrian accident can result in a range of injuries, some minor and others very serious. Many pedestrian accidents result in injuries such as:

  • Broken or fractured bones

  • Permanent disability

  • Temporary incapacitation

  • Head injuries

  • Brain injuries and damage

  • Disfigurement

  • Mental distress and damage

  • Death

Whether you have personally been injured or harmed in a pedestrian accident or whether you are the relative of someone killed as the result of a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible.


Call (301) 270-0327 today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

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