Minimizing the Risk of a Pedestrian Accident

This past summer, a pickup truck driver seriously injured two pedestrians and killed another after driving into a group of them at an intersection. It was just one of many pedestrian accidents that happen every month. Annually, thousands of pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes, and tens of thousands are injured – some seriously.

Based on recent statistics, in the US pedestrians are:

  • Killed every 2 hours, on average, due to motor vehicle collisions
  • Injured every 8 minutes – on average – due to motor vehicle collisions
  • 5 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle collision than passenger vehicle occupants

Certain demographics are more prone to pedestrian accidents than others.

  • Adults 65 and older are involved in 19 percent of pedestrian deaths and about 11 percent of pedestrian accident injuries
  • One in five children between the ages of 5 and 9 are killed in pedestrian accidents, according to the Center for Disease Control
  • Drivers or pedestrians who are under the influence of alcohol were involved in 47 percent of pedestrian deaths resulting from a motor vehicle crash

Additionally, certain areas are more prone to pedestrian accidents due to a motor vehicle collision. These areas include urban areas, non-intersection locations, and at night. Despite the frequency of motor vehicle crashes that involve pedestrians, there are some steps pedestrians can take to minimize their chances of becoming an accident statistic.

  • Carry a flashlight or wearing reflective clothing when walking at night
  • Always using a designated crosswalk
  • Utilizing sidewalks, if they are available
  • And walking towards traffic if walking in the street is necessary

Motor vehicle drivers should also drive carefully, pay attention to the roads and traffic signals, and avoid distractions. A pedestrian accident can result in catastrophic injuries, leave lasting physical and emotional trauma for survivors, as well as financial strain due to inability to work and medical bills.

If you, or a loved one, have been involved in a pedestrian accident, the attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP are here to help. We have years of experience handling accident claims from pedestrians who have been injured or the families of those who have been killed. We engage in aggressive litigation and settlement negotiation tactics to help you, or a loved one, get the compensation they deserve while handling the case with compassion and professionalism. To arrange an initial consultation, we welcome your call to our Los Angeles area office at (213) 514-8332.