Each year in the United States, about 5,000 pedestrians are killed and more than 60,00 are hurt in accidents. The most common type of pedestrian accident is when a pedestrian comes in contact with the front of a passenger vehicle. Pedestrians include walkers, joggers, skateboarders, in-line skaters, and people in wheelchairs or strollers. Accidents can occur in crosswalks, intersections, on sidewalks, city streets, and even parking lots and gas stations. Pedestrian accidents can involve passenger cars, large trucks, delivery trucks, motorcycles and bicycles.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Driver negligence, distraction inattention is a factor in many pedestrian accidents. Drinking and driving also contributes to a number of fatal pedestrian accidents each year. The majority of pedestrian accidents occur on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Statistically, males are more likely to be struck than females, and children and the elderly are common victims. Elderly people are more likely to die in pedestrian accidents than children. In general, the faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater the injury and the higher likelihood of death occurring.
Children and Pedestrian Accidents
Young children are especially vulnerable to serious injury or death when struck by a large car or truck. Every year, dozens of toddlers are struck in driveways or parking lots when adults are backing up a vehicle. These "backover accidents" are particularly common with SUVs, because it can be impossible to see the child due to the height of the SUV. Other pedestrian accidents involving children can occur when a driver does not stop behind a school bus, or a car drives into a child's path at a crosswalk or intersection.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Pedestrian accidents can occur virtually anywhere. Injury accidents are more likely to occur at intersections and crosswalks, while fatality accidents most frequently occur on major roads, where vehicles are traveling at faster speeds. Pedestrian accidents can lead to catastrophic, life-changing injuries or death. Injuries such as broken arms, broken legs, head injuries, brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, are common.
Consulting with a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
When a driver causes serious injury or death, that driver may be held liable for injuries. If you or a member of your family has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, you should contact a qualified California pedestrian attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your physical injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills related to the incident, and future medical expenses. For pedestrian accidents that result in the death of a family member, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim. By law, for all California personal injury and wrongful death claims, you have a limited time to file a claim. An attorney can explain your legal options and the time period governing your case.