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Factors impacting the rate of pedestrian accidents

It isn't uncommon to travel by foot. Even when individuals rely on vehicles to get around, there are often times when a motorist becomes a pedestrian. Whether it is in a parking lot, city sidewalks or in a residential area, when a driver exits their vehicle they become a pedestrian. No matter if it is for a short duration or long, pedestrians are faced with a wide variety of risks when they walk were vehicles travel.

Pedestrian accidents occur at an alarming rate. Based on statistics from 2015, there were 5,376 traffic fatalities involving pedestrians that year. This amounts to one fatal pedestrian accident every 1.6 hours. With regards to injury-causing incidents, there were roughly 129,000 pedestrians treated in emergency department for traffic related injuries.

There are some factors that increase a person's risk for being involved in a pedestrian crash. For example, those older than 65 years of age and older account for 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths occurring in 2015 and roughly 13 percent of pedestrians injured in traffic accidents. Children are also prone to pedestrian accidents. For those age 15 and under, it was found that one in every five children killed in a traffic accident in 2015 were pedestrians in the crash.

Other factors that impact the rate of pedestrian crashes are alcohol impairment, speeding and distractions. When a driver is not attentive or is careless or reckless, he or she is likely to collide with a pedestrian attempting to cross a road or is walking in a parking lot. Thus, when an individual is harmed in a pedestrian accident, it is important for them to understand what recourses they have in the matter. A personal injury claim or a wrongful death action could help victims and the loved ones of deceased victims recover compensation for their losses and damages suffered.

Source: Cdc.gov, "Pedestrian Safety," accessed August 5, 2017

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