If an intoxicated driver or someone traveling too fast hits you on the road, you could become seriously hurt. If struck by a vehicle while walking, the likelihood of suffering a serious injury is especially high. Every year, far too many pedestrians find themselves facing a long road to recovery due to injuries caused by reckless drivers, and these victims deserve a voice.
It is crucial for pedestrians and drivers to take a look at data on pedestrian accidents so they understand how common these collisions and injuries actually are.
Information on pedestrian accident injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides data on pedestrian accidents. In 2019, estimates suggest that 76,000 pedestrians suffered injuries in traffic accidents across the U.S. Additionally, pedestrian accidents resulted in more than 6,200 fatalities in 2019.
When a pedestrian accident occurs, those walking are very vulnerable in comparison to passengers riding in vehicles, which underlines how crucial it is for drivers to pay attention to those walking near traffic, jogging or trying to cross the road.
Preventing pedestrian accidents
Pedestrians and drivers can take steps to avoid accidents. Make sure you use sidewalks and crosswalks when they are available. Always keep an eye out for cars and exercise caution when visibility is poor. Drivers should always remain vigilant and drive carefully at night and during periods of low visibility. Drivers should always yield to pedestrians using crosswalks and obey the speed limit.
Regrettably, pedestrian accidents continue to occur too often. If a driver’s negligence caused you to become injured as a pedestrian, you need to evaluate legal options as you try to recover.