- In 2010 more than 4,280 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic crashes in the U.S., according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This equates to one crash-related pedestrian death every two hours.
- In 2010, 70,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents. This equals a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes.
The Risk Factor: Who is Most at Risk of Pedestrian Death and Accidents?
- Older adults aged 65 and above accounted for 19% of all pedestrian deaths
- Children – in 2010 nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian
- Drivers and pedestrians who are alcohol impaired: involved in 47% of pedestrian traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian death
Other Factors that Increase Pedestrian Deaths:
- Vehicles that travel at a faster speed increases the likelihood of a pedestrian car crash leading to death as well as the severity of the injury
- Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, non-intersection locations (a surprising find) and at night
How to Reduce Pedestrian Deaths from Motor Vehicle Accidents:
- Carry a lighted flashlight at night
- Wear light and reflective clothes
- Cross the street at crosswalks
What To Do if You Were Struck by a Car as a Pedestrian
Pedestrians should immediately obtain medical help if they were injured. The injured party should remain quiet and not release information to insurance companies, nor should they sign any papers or releases. It is advisable for the injured party to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you about preserving your rights to future compensation for your injuries, medical attention, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Attorney Paul VanDerwerken is a personal injury attorney who has negotiated more than 2000 settlement agreements for his clients who were injured in car accidents, including pedestrian accidents. If the insurance company does not offer a reasonable settlement, Attorney VanDerwerken will prepare for court to fight on your behalf. A complimentary consultation is available by calling 702-385-5050. There are no fees unless your case is settled or won.