Although most people associate car accidents with collisions between vehicles, a surprising number of accidents only involve a single vehicle and a pedestrian. Pedestrian accidents occur much more often than most people realize. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that around 70,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents in 2015 alone, which means that a pedestrian is injured approximately every 7.5 minutes. These types of accidents tend to have especially severe consequences for pedestrians who do not have the benefit of seat belts and airbags. Fortunately, it is possible to collect compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, so if you or a loved one were involved in a collision with a vehicle, it is critical to speak with an experienced Maumee pedestrian accident attorney who can help you file a claim against the responsible party.
In 2015, the NHTSA reported that as many as 72 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersections and that most took place after dark and in urban areas. Research has also revealed that pedestrians of a certain age are more at risk of being involved in a collision with a motorist, including children and the elderly. For instance, children between the ages of ten and 14 years old are the most likely to sustain injuries in collisions with vehicles, while children up to the age of four and between the ages of five and nine years old are the most likely to be involved in a fatal pedestrian accident.
Alcohol consumption by either the driver or the pedestrian is reported in more than 48 percent of crashes. Certain types of vehicles are also more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents. Passengers cars and light trucks, for example, generally have a higher percentage of frontal impacts than large trucks. Trucks and buses, on the other hand, have the highest percentage of right side and rear impacts.
Most pedestrian accidents are the result of a motorist’s negligent conduct, which could include traveling at excessive speeds, violating traffic laws, or driving while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In these cases, the negligent driver can and should be held liable for resulting damages. However, negligent drivers are not always the cause of an accident, as other factors could play a role in causing a collision between a pedestrian and a motorist, including hazardous roads or a vehicle defect. Fortunately, negligent vehicle manufacturers and even city or state governments can be held liable for damages if their negligence can be linked to a victim’s injuries.
Those who are involved in pedestrian accidents are often so severely injured that they are never able to work again, which can put an extreme financial and emotional burden on victims and their families. To speak with an attorney about your own case and seeking compensation for your losses, please contact Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC at 419-241-5500 today.
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