Being hit by a negligent driver can be damaging enough when people are in their own vehicles; however, when the people hit are pedestrians, rather than other motorists, the impacts of these traffic accidents can end up being far worse – if not deadly.
Taking a closer look at the occurrence and impacts of pedestrian accidents in the U.S., in this blog series, we’ll point out some important statistics and facts about these types of traffic accidents.
If, however, you or someone you love is currently recovering from the damage caused by pedestrian accidents or other motor vehicle accidents, it’s time to contact the trusted Montgomery and Birmingham car accident lawyers at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC for experienced help obtaining justice and compensation.
A Closer Look at Pedestrian Accidents in the U.S.
1 – Nearly 5,000 people in the U.S. are killed in pedestrian accidents each year.
Did you that, every 7 minutes, someone in the U.S. is hurt in a pedestrian accident? Here are more important stats and facts about pedestrian accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), keeps detailed records about the rates at which pedestrian accidents occur in the U.S. annually.
According to the latest pedestrian accident statistics from the NHTSA:
- More than 4,700 people died in fatal pedestrian accidents in 2012 (the most recent year for which complete stats are currently available). Through extrapolation, this means that, about every 2 hours, someone in the U.S. dies in a pedestrian accident.
- In 2012, fatal pedestrian accidents accounted for about 14 percent of all traffic accident deaths in the U.S.
- On average, about 76,000 people are hurt in pedestrian accidents each year in the U.S. Through extrapolation, this means that, about every 7 minutes, someone in the U.S. is hurt in a pedestrian accident.
- Pedestrians are about 1.5 times more likely (than people traveling in passenger vehicles) to be hurt in a traffic accident.
2 – There has been an increase in pedestrian accidents over recent years.
While the above statistics regarding pedestrian accidents may be shocking, what may be just as distressing is the fact that pedestrian accidents have been occurring more often in recent years. In fact, as the NHTSA has found, the occurrence of fatal pedestrian accidents increased by approximately 6 percent from 2011 to 2012.
We’ll reveal some more critical stats and facts about pedestrian accidents in the two upcoming parts of this blog series that will be published soon. Be sure to check them out!
Montgomery and Birmingham Car Accident Attorneys at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC
Have you or someone you love been hit by a negligent driver? If so, you can rely on the Montgomery and Birmingham car accident lawyers at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC to be aggressive advocates for your rights.
To discuss your case and learn more about your rights, set up a meeting with us today. You can schedule this free consultation by calling 334-834-2000 or emailing us using the contact form at the top of this page. Initial consultations are free in most cases, and evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.