A pedestrian is often no match for a moving vehicle. Even if a driver hits someone on foot at a slow speed, the damage can be significant and the end results are often tragic. Negligent drivers are often directly responsible for pedestrian accidents. Some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents include speeding, driving while distracted or intoxicated, ignoring traffic laws, and failing to yield.
In some cases, a pedestrian accident can result from something else entirely, and may not involve a collision with a vehicle at all. For example, a pedestrian may trip and fall on an unsteady sidewalk or on debris near a construction zone. These slip and fall injuries can still be very serious, are often still technically classified as pedestrian accidents, and a negligent party may be to blame. In the majority of pedestrian accident cases, however, a vehicle is involved.
There are a lot of factors that will affect the outcome of a pedestrian accident and the extent of the victim’s injuries. Some of these factors include how fast the car was going, the type of vehicle that hit the pedestrian, and the pedestrian’s age and health. Depending on these specific details, it can mean the difference of a minor incident and a deadly accident.
Pedestrian accidents can result in a number of injuries, such as:
- Bone fractures
- Extremity injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Fatal injuries
Startling statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that the number of pedestrian accidents are continuing to increase. In just one year, there were approximately 61,000 injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents. In that same year, there were 4,795 deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents. Several years later, there were approximately 70,000 pedestrian injuries and 5,376 pedestrian deaths. This upward trend of pedestrian accidents shows that in that nine-year period, there was a 14.8 percent increase in pedestrian injuries, and a 12.1 percent increase in pedestrian deaths.
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