National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data published in 2017 shows that an estimated 5,977 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents that year. Emergency room doctors also treated an additional 137,000 people for non-fatal injuries. The risks that pedestrians face are severe.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2007 captured how passenger car occupants were 1.5 times less likely to die in an accident than pedestrians were. NHTSA statistics from 2017 showed how another pedestrian dies in the U.S. every 88 minutes.
Pedestrians are perhaps most vulnerable to suffering the most severe injuries in a crash when the motorist who strikes them was traveling at a high rate of speed when the incident occurred. Individuals who are on foot are most visible nearest intersections instead of walking along long stretches of roadways. Pedestrians are also particularly in danger at night and in urban areas.
At least 20% of all pedestrians who die in accidents are children age 14 or younger. A similar amount of older Americans, age 65 and older, face the same fate. Federal researchers determined that 10% of pedestrian accident victims in 2017 belonged to this same age group.
NHTSA data shows that nearly half of all pedestrian fatalities are alcohol-involved. At least 17% of these crashes involve motorists operating their vehicles with a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above the legal limit. Another 33% of crashes involved a pedestrian in the same situation.
While many would see driving around in a car as the ideal option for them, it’s not practical or feasible for some. You shouldn’t have to worry about your safety simply because you have to bike or walk everywhere you go. While you may expect motorists to abide by the rules of the road, they often don’t, resulting in someone getting hurt.
Let a personal injury attorney who has experience helping clients throughout southern Maryland and the D.C. area help you recover compensation for your medical bills and other expenses if you suffered injuries here in Prince George’s County.