Brad Pistotnik Law
Abogado El Toro

Are Pedestrians in the Crosshairs of Motorists?

How frequently do pedestrian accidents occur? What are some of the most common injuries that pedestrians experience when they are struck by a car, truck, or commercial vehicle? Pedestrian/vehicle accidents that can cause a car wreck injury are common occurrences. As cities and towns become increasingly congested, the risk of accidents is also increasing. In 2006, pedestrian fatalities as a percentage of total traffic fatalities was 11%. As of 2015, that percentage had risen to 15%.

At Brad Pistotnik Law our lawyers and attorneys routinely help pedestrian accidents and these people who either have personal injuries and/or death from negligent and wanton motorists who fail to yield right-of-way to pedestrians. We have many of these pedestrian accidents that occur at nighttime when many drivers are out and driving in the dark while intoxicated or while talking, texting and mapping on their cell phones.

In 2015, Kansas ranked 35th in the nation for fatalities with a pedestrian fatality rate of 1.06 per 100,00 residents. If the trend of pedestrian fatalities continues at its present pace, it is expected that by 2016 there will be just under 6,000 pedestrian fatalities which would represent a 22% increase over the total number of fatalities recorded in 2014.

The number of pedestrian fatalities declined from 2006 to 2009. However, they have risen every year since then. In 2015, the US recorded 5,376 pedestrian fatalities. This means that on average one pedestrian is killed in an automobile accident every 1.6 hours. Brad Pistotnik believes this rise has occurred due to the number of people starting to use mapping services on their phone which causes drivers to look down at the map and away from vehicles and pedestrians. That same year, just over 129,000 pedestrians received emergency medical care for non-fatal injuries in hospital emergency rooms for the injuries they suffered in automobile accidents. Even more sobering is the fact that with each trip out the door, pedestrians are 150% more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than occupants of passenger vehicles.

Light levels also play a significant role in the risks for pedestrians. 74% of pedestrian fatalities occur during 'dark' conditions, 4% occur during dawn/dusk, while 23% occur during daylight hours. This is why drivers should make sure to have adequate headlights and use brights in extremely dark areas to look for people who may be walking near the side of a road.

Alcohol is another factor that can cause a car wreck injury or fatality. In 2015, 34% of pedestrians, and 15% of motorists had BAC levels in excess of the legal limit of .08%. Location is also an important factor, with less than 20% of pedestrian fatalities occurring in marked intersections. Of all pedestrian fatalities, 72% occur on sidewalks, highways, and bike lanes, while 10% occur on the shoulder of the road or within driveways. Population density and congestion pose significant risks for pedestrians. Nationwide, the cities with the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia.

Pedestrians are at serious risk of suffering a car wreck injury when an accident occurs. Impact with the vehicle, ground, or sidewalk can cause Traumatic Brain Injury, internal bleeding, and spinal cord injuries. It can also cause serious pelvic injuries, bone fractures, and amputations. Unlike vehicle occupants, pedestrians have very little protection when an accident occurs. This means that the full force of the impact is transmitted through the skeleton, muscles, joints, etc. Even at low speeds, the impact can create devastating injuries that can negatively affect the individual's health, ability to work, and quality of life. While broken bones, cuts, etc. are easily recognized following an injury, some damage can be invisible at first. For instance, damage caused by concussions or internal bleeding may not appear for hours, days, or even months following the accident. This is why it is crucial for those involved in a pedestrian accident to remain vigilant for signs of a car wreck injury long after discharge from the hospital.

Brad Pistotnik Law represents pedestrians who are injured in car accidents in Salina, Wichita, Great Bend, Newton, Manhattan, Pittsburg, Lawrence, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, Emporia, Colby, Hays, McPherson, Newton, Hutchinson, Winfield, Welllington, Kingman, Pratt, Goodland, Great Bend, Topeka, Junction City, Manhattan, Lawrence, Guymon, Kearney and elsewhere in Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Nebraska, and Missouri. Individuals who are injured or survivors of those who suffer wrongful deaths can pursue compensation to cover medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, as well as other damages resulting from their car wreck injury.

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