A pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than a passenger in a vehicle.
Each year in the United States, thousands of pedestrians are killed or injured in traffic accidents. In 2010, more than 4,000 Americans were killed and 70,000 injured due to pedestrian related car accidents. A pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than a passenger in a vehicle.
Those who tend to be at a higher risk for pedestrian accidents are older adults, children and alcohol-impaired pedestrians. Statistically, pedestrian accidents occur where there are higher vehicle speeds. They happen more often in urban areas, at night and at non-intersection locations.
Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents
Not every accident can be avoided. However, pedestrian accidents often occur because simple precautions weren’t taken. Here are some ways to avoid an accident:
- Stay on walkways and crosswalks
- Stay alert and be aware of traffic
- Avoid blind spots – make yourself visible to driver
- Do not cross if you’re not sure
However, these types of accidents often happen because drivers are not paying attention. Sometimes drivers are drunk, speeding, or are driving recklessly. The seriousness of pedestrian injuries depends upon how fast the car was traveling.
Pedestrian accidents are almost always very serious. As a result, it’s extremely important to obtain full financial compensation so the injured person can receive the medical care and rehabilitation services they will need.
Contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. our focus is on helping people recover full financial damages for injuries and wrongful deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents. With 25 years of personal injury experience, attorney Christopher Hoffmann has handled hundreds of car, truck and pedestrian accident cases in Missouri and Illinois.
To speak with an experienced trial lawyer about your pedestrian accident, call (314) 361-4242.