From one side of the country to the next, there are people who prefer to walk from point A to point B, as opposed to driving or taking public transportation. With the number of pedestrians on the rise, safety among these people has become a big concern.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,473 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the US in 2012. This is in addition to approximately 76,000 that were injured.
Here is another stat, directly from the CDC, that will open your eyes as to how common pedestrian accidents have become:
“This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.”
There are situations in which the pedestrian is at fault for an accident. However, vehicle drivers are responsible in many cases. From drunk driving to distracted driving, there are many acts of negligence that can lead to a pedestrian accident.
Due to the fact that the pedestrian has no protection, when a person is struck by a vehicle it almost always leads to serious injury or death. Anybody who is put in this position may consider learning more about his or her legal rights.