The roadways can be a dangerous place due to moments of carelessness and negligent drivers. It’s dangerous enough as it is for drivers that have to watch out for other drivers, but what about the pedestrians? Whether a pedestrian is walking because they have to walk to get from Point A to Point B or they’re just in the mood to take a leisurely stroll, they are put in a highly-vulnerable position and are at risk for injury.
Pedestrian Injury Statistics
It only takes one second for a driver to take their eyes off the road and strike a pedestrian causing injury or death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, there was a rise in pedestrian fatalities. The number of pedestrian fatalities reached a startling 4,432 deaths across the United States alone and there were 69,000 injuries with 11,000 of those injuries occurring in children aged 14 and under.
Keeping Pedestrians Safe
Because of the rise in pedestrian injury and death, communities around the country are aiming to raise awareness about the importance of keeping pedestrians safe. Improvements to pedestrian safety are being made in some communities, such as the installation of more pedestrian crosswalk signals.
Other measures to improve safety include educating communities on how to be safe when walking along the roadways or when crossing, etc. Unfortunately, though, accidents happen regardless when there are careless drivers on the roadways.
Most Common Causes for Injury to Pedestrians
There are a multitude of factors that can lead to a pedestrian vehicle crash. Some of those factors include:
Pedestrian Behavior – Jaywalking; perception of risk; perception of crossing devices; alcohol consumption; mentality.
Physical Environment – A lack of crossing devices; poorly timed signals; absence of sidewalks; width of roads; poor sidewalks.
Vehicle & Driver – Alcohol or drug use; cell phone use – talking or texting; speed of the vehicle; vehicle type; distraction while driving.
Special Conditions – Weather; persons with limited mobility; children and teens; shopping centers; construction; major highways; one-way streets; occupational risks; etc.
Taking all of these factors into consideration, one or more of these factors can contribute to a pedestrian-vehicle crash. Many times, even when a pedestrian has looked both ways or utilized a crosswalk signal, they have been struck by a vehicle.
A driver may have missed a stop sign or a traffic light because they were busy texting or may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Distracted driving is a huge cause for pedestrian-vehicle related crashes and it is highly-avoidable.
Getting Compensation for Your Injuries
If you were injured in a pedestrian vehicle crash and it was due to the fault of a negligent driver, then you deserve compensation for your pain, suffering, and injuries. You should immediately seek legal counsel from a qualified personal injury attorney to assist you when you’re ready to take on the driver’s insurance company.
The compensation for your injuries is meant to cover past and future medical expenses, loss of life enjoyment, past and future loss of wages, as well as pain and suffering. During this process, don’t be surprised if the insurance company puts up a fight or drags its feet on settling the matter. From beginning to end, the length of your case may vary. It could settle in less than a year, or it could take a couple of years.
This will all depend upon your injuries, the cause of the accident, and the action of the driver’s insurance company. When you’re ready to put up a fight to get the compensation that you deserve, request a consultation with a qualified personal injury attorney right away. The quicker you seek counsel, the quicker the attorney can get started on your case.