Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that motorists are 1.5 times less likely than pedestrians to die in a car versus pedestrian collision. Taking a walk near a road isn’t a casual, carefree activity. There are dangers associated with doing it.
Which factors increase a pedestrian’s injury risk?
The CDC’s data also highlights the contributing factors to pedestrian accidents. Some of the most common ones involve things that pedestrians sometimes do, like:
- Not using sidewalks and walking in the roadway instead
- Being distracted by electronic devices
- Not using appropriately designated crosswalks or paying attention to signals when crossing streets
- Not wearing bright or reflective colored clothing or carry a flashlight for increased visibility when it’s dark outside
Going for a walk while impaired by drugs or alcohol
Many of the accidents that result from the behaviors described above are otherwise completely preventable. Of course, drivers always have a responsibility to be aware of what’s going on around them – including pedestrians who may be distracted or walking where they shouldn’t be. Are some pedestrians more vulnerable to getting hurt than others?
Which pedestrians are most apt to be injured in a crash?
Children and senior citizens are most vulnerable to getting hurt while out walking. The CDC’s statistics show that at least 10% of all pedestrians who suffer injuries are over 65. At least 20% of fatalities involve senior pedestrians. Another 20% of pedestrian fatalities involve kids younger than 15.
Pedestrian accident victims have rights when they suffer injuries
If you’ve suffered injuries as a pedestrian, they’re likely very serious. You may wonder how you’re going to afford to receive the care you need. Fortunately, Nevada law protects the rights of injured pedestrians to recover compensation. With experienced legal guidance, you improve your chances of getting the maximum possible compensation.