Injured as a Pedestrian – Steps to Take
If you have been in a pedestrian accident, there are a number of steps you should take to ensure the best outcome.
Seek medical attention: Even if you don’t believe your injuries are very serious, it is always a good idea to seek immediate medical attention. Many pedestrian accident injuries are internal and may not be evident at first. It is also possible that the opposing attorney could use your lack of medical attention as proof that your injuries are not very serious.
Gather evidence: Any documentation that is possible should be collected. Pictures of the injuries or accident, witness statements, police reports and anything else that can help prove your case should be included.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney: An attorney can work with you to collect evidence and witness statements and to assess your case.
Reasons Pedestrian Accidents Occur
A pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle accident every eight minutes in the United States, and one is killed every 113 minutes. Highly populated areas have a much higher rate of pedestrian accidents. In many cities it is important to be just as careful while a pedestrian as you are driving a car. Pedestrian accidents can result in serious injury and even death. These accidents occur for a number of reasons and many of these accidents occur as a direct result of negligence of the driver. Instances of negligence include: Speeding, Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Ignoring traffic laws or signs, Jumping signals or changing lanes without caution, Distracted driving such as texting.
Half of all pedestrian accidents including children occur between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. as children are making their way home from school. These accidents occur in school zones as well as boarding and disembarking school buses. Small children may be less attentive to potential dangers and drivers may be less likely to see the smaller pedestrians which greatly increases the chance of accident.
Pedestrian Accidents – Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2013: 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents across the United States, 701 of those occurred in California, making California one of the states with the highest pedestrian fatality rate, Another 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to automobile accidents, Adults over the age of 65, the elderly, and children are the most likely to die in a pedestrian accident, The elderly account for 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths and 10 percent of all pedestrians injured, One in every five children under the age of 14 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians, The majority of pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, in non-intersection locations at night time when visibility is at its lowest, Alcohol involvement was reported in 49 percent of all traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities.