Yesterday we discussed some significant and common factors that are examined when establishing where the fault of a pedestrian accident falls. To further demonstrate why it is so important to hold those who were negligent in causing a pedestrian accident in Arizona liable for their actions, the following points illustrate pedestrian accident and injury data.
- In 1998 in the United States, 5,220 pedestrians died from traffic-related injuries and another 69,000 pedestrians sustained non-fatal injuries.
- Pedestrian fatalities are the second-leading cause of motor vehicle-related deaths, following occupant fatalities. Pedestrian-related fatalities account for about 13% of all motor vehicle-related deaths.
- On average, one pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 101 minutes in the U.S.
- Hit-and-run pedestrian crashes account for one out of every six pedestrian deaths.
- Pedestrian deaths, expressed as a rate per 100,000 people, has decreased 43% from 1975 to 1998. Factors contributing to this decrease may include more and better sidewalks, pedestrian paths, playgrounds away from streets, one-way traffic flow, and restricted on-street parking. Some of the reduction is also likely due to the decreasing amount of time Americans spend walking.
- Alcohol is a major factor in adult pedestrian deaths. In 1998, about one-third of pedestrians 16 years or older who were killed by a motor vehicle were legally intoxicated with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of 0.10 % or more. Looking only at nighttime crashes, the percentage of pedestrians who were legally intoxicated jumps to 52%.
- In 1998, children 15 years and younger represented 23% of the total population and accounted for 30% of all non-fatal pedestrian injuries, 11% of all pedestrian fatalities, and 18% of non-traffic related fatalities (this includes incidents in drive-ways and other non-public roads).
- In 1998, 38% of pedestrian deaths among people 65 years and older and 14% of pedestrian deaths among children four years old and younger took place at an intersection.
If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you must move quickly. It is essential that the accident in question be thoroughly investigated, evidence preserved, and physicians and expert witnesses evaluate the injuries and the accident.
We can help. Call Breyer Law Offices now at 602-978-6400. As always, our initial consultation is free of charge. If we agree to accept the case, we work on contingent basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you are awarded financial compensation. There is a statute of limitations attached in cases of pedestrian accidents. So be sure to contact us immediately following the accident; otherwise, you might lose out on your right to file a claim.