In 2012, 76,000 U.S. pedestrians were injured in car accidents and 4,743 were killed. The most commonly injured pedestrians are children, the elderly, and a driver or pedestrian who is impaired by drugs or alcohol. In fact, alcohol is involved in nearly half of all crashes resulting in pedestrian death.
High-Risk Pedestrian Traffic Accident Situations
While accidents involving pedestrians can happen for myriad reasons, driver negligence is the most common cause. These accidents can happen at any time and in any location, but certain situations increase the risk. Examples of higher-risk situations are listed below:
- 69 percent of fatal accidents occur after dark
- 73 percent of fatal accidents occur in urban areas
- 79 percent of fatal accidents occur at non-intersections
- 89 percent of fatal accidents occur during normal weather conditions
What Are the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Traffic Accidents?
The above situations present a higher incidence of pedestrian traffic accidents, but the root cause of these accidents is usually driver negligence. Below is a list of the most common causes of pedestrian traffic accidents:
- Distracted driving
- DUI / DWI
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Ignoring traffic signs
- Losing control of the vehicle and running off the road
Drivers and pedestrians must follow the rules of the road and use reasonable care when driving or walking. While it may seem obvious who was negligent in a particular case, the courts look at many factors to determine who was at fault. If the driver is found negligent, he or she may be required to pay personal and property damage.
Crashes involving pedestrians often produce serious injury or death. There are also many emotional consequences that accompany being hit by a car. Even when there is no serious physical injury, the victim may feel humiliated. This is especially true for pedestrians over 65 who may worry that others will fault them. Pedestrians who have been injured due to driver negligence may be entitled to compensation. In addition to emotional and physical pain, pedestrian traffic accident victims may also incur significant medical bills and lost wages.
Van Sant Law LLC – Personal Injury Trial Lawyers
If you were injured in a pedestrian traffic accident, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. At Van Sant Law LLC, we have successfully obtained compensation for clients throughout Georgia. Our personal injury attorneys represent clients in every type of motor vehicle case. We will help you understand your rights and options. Contact our team for a free consultation today.