Pedestrian Accidents

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When the weather is nice in Minnesota, we all want to get outside and walking can be a great way to enjoy our beautiful parks, lakes and other great outdoor areas. Walking in traffic, however, can be very dangerous. Indeed, crossing streets mid-block is one of the most dangerous situations a pedestrian can encounter. Crossing at intersections and designated crosswalks increases the chances a motorist will anticipate a pedestrian’s presence, see them and yield for them, but even crossing at the crosswalk is not a guarantee that a driver will actually stop and allow you to safely cross the street. Many very severe injuries occur when pedestrians are hit by cars. A human body is simply no match for a 3,000+ pound moving vehicle.

When cars collide with pedestrians, there is high potential for serious injury. Indeed, pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem throughout the world. The United States has a particular problem with pedestrian deaths and injuries. About 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 64,000 are injured in motor vehicle accidents every year in this country.

The following represents pedestrian accident statistics for the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Pedestrian fatalities account for 11 percent of motor vehicle fatalities.
  • Over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle accidents between 1975 and 2005.
  • Pedestrians comprise the second largest category of motor vehicle accident deaths following occupant deaths.
  • On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes.
  • On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 111 minutes.

Statistically, males are more likely to be involved in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident than females. About 69 percent of pedestrian fatalities are male, and the male pedestrian injury rate is approximately 58 percent higher than for females.

The vast majority of fatal pedestrian/motor vehicle collisions occur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in later evening hours.

Young children and the elderly are the most vulnerable for pedestrian accident related injuries. Based on population, children under the age of 16 years are most likely to be struck by motor vehicles.

Elderly pedestrians, although struck less frequently than children, are more likely to die after being struck by a vehicle. This group accounts for 16 percent of all pedestrian fatalities and 6 percent of all pedestrian injuries.

Speeding is a major contributing factor in motor vehicle accidents of all types and has serious consequences when a pedestrian is involved. At higher speeds, motorists are not as likely to see a pedestrian. At higher speeds, motorists are even less likely to be able to stop in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.

Indeed, a pedestrian has an 85 percent chance of death when involved in a motor/vehicle collision at 40 mph, a 45 percent chance of death at 30 mph, and a 5 percent chance of death at 20 mph.

When a pedestrian is involved in a motor vehicle accident they are at risk for countless serious injuries. Pedestrians’ head, legs, and arms are the most vulnerable in an accident. Often, pedestrians endure extreme bodily injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Coma
  • Fractured bones

If you or a loved one have been injured as a pedestrian, we want to help you. Please call our Personal Accident Injury Lawyers - Attorneys now at 612.339.3852 for a free legal consultation.

 

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Rick L. Petry - Injury Attorney
Petry Law, PA.
Adress: 301 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 378N
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Phone: (612) 387-7229
Fax: (612) 545-4989
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