The United States has a particular problem with pedestrian death and injuries. On average there are approximately 5,000 pedestrian fatalities each year and another 64,000 pedestrian-related injuries. There are many issues that may result in pedestrian accidents and fatalities.
Some of the leading causes of such accidents include:
- Driving while under the influence
- Texting while driving
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Fiddling with the radio while driving
- Turning around to talk to passengers in the backseat while driving
- Falling asleep while driving
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
- Failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk or roadway
- Making illegal turns
- Failing to follow traffic laws, signs and signals.
- Objects in the vehicle obstructing the driver's view
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has published data on pedestrian accidents since 1994, pedestrian deaths account for 12% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
Below are some interesting statistics involving pedestrian fatalities and accidents:
- 48% of crashes resulting in pedestrian deaths involved alcohol either for the driver or the pedestrian.
- Pedestrian death rates are higher in urban areas but there is a higher death rate ratio in rural areas due to higher impact and speeds on rural roads.
- Statistically, males are more likely to be involved in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident than females, accounting for nearly 70% of the pedestrian fatalities.
- Most fatal pedestrian / motor vehicle collisions occur on the weekend.
- Children under 16 are most likely to be struck by a motor vehicle.
- Elderly pedestrians, although struck less frequently than children, are more likely to die from the collision.
- A pedestrian has an 85% chance of death when involved in a collision at 40 mph and a 45% chance of death when involved in a collision at 30 mph.
According to a study done at the University of California at Riverside, hybrid vehicles posed a greater risk to pedestrians. At speeds less than 20 -25 mph, the quiet operation of the hybrid vehicle meant that is was often between 40 % to 74% closer than a regular car to a pedestrian before the pedestrian could audibly hear the vehicle. This poses a great risk to pedestrians and cyclists.The quiet nature of hybrid cars is especially problematic in parking lots where there are a lot of pedestrians and vehicles are traveling at low speeds.Impact & Injuries Resulting from Accidents
Nearly 93% of pedestrian / passenger vehicle collisions involve the pedestrian coming into contact with the front of the vehicle. For an adult male, impact would be to the knee area from the bumper, and the front edge of the hood would hit the thigh. For a child, the bumper would strike the thigh and the hood would hit the torso. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40% of pedestrian injuries resulted from contact with the vehicle, 32% from contact with the ground, and 26% from contact with unknown objects.
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to injuries in a collision as there is nothing protecting them from the impact of the crash. It is for this reason that pedestrians suffer higher fatality rates in motor vehicle collisions than drivers or passengers in a vehicle. Pedestrians often endure bodily injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries which may result in paralysis, fractured bones often requiring surgery and many others.Need Legal Counsel After a Pedestrian Accident?
If you aren’t sure what steps to take after a pedestrian accident, we can help. Our New Hampshire personal injury attorney has proven experience and has recovered million-dollar results for clients over the years. Our entire legal team is well-versed in these cases and is prepared to handle serious and complex legal matters on behalf of the injured.
If you are a victim of a pedestrian accident in New Hampshire, you have the right under the law to recover compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills and future medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages and future lost wages, and overall decreased quality of life. Our firm takes the time to help you and your family through this traumatic time and make sure that you have the financial resources to take care of yourself now and in the future.
To set up a free consultation with a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer at the firm, call (603) 883-4100.