One Pedestrian Death Every 2 Hours
According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours.
- Additionally, more than 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2013.
- Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Often, even when there are sidewalks or marked crosswalks, pedestrians are hit by drivers who are distracted – talking, emailing, texting, eating, putting on make-up and more. In general, drivers must exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. Common factors contributing to a driver’s negligence include:
- Running red lights
- Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks
- Backing out of parking spaces without looking
- Distracted driving
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Failing to signal when turning
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Disregarding weather conditions
Children High Risk of Pedestrian Accident
According to the CDC, in 2013, one in every five children under the age of 14 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
Being smaller, less visible and unpredictable, children between the ages of five and nine are at the greatest risk of being hit by a car. The law imposes a higher duty of care on drivers when it comes to the presence of children. For instance, drivers must exercise greater care when driving by schools, parks and residential areas.
Common Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
When cars and people collide, even when the vehicle is moving slowly, the result is often serious injuries to the pedestrian. Typical injuries in pedestrian-car accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Severe concussion or traumatic brain injury
- Back and neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Dislocated joints or limbs
- Soft tissue injuries
- Cuts, scrapes and bruises
Some injuries may take only a few days to heal, while others can require ongoing medical treatment. Serious injuries may result in permanent disfigurement or other disabilities that can impact your ability to return to your current job or even work at all.
Financial Compensation for You
We target settlements and verdicts that compensate you for all harm suffered, including all immediate and future medical expenses, lost wages and reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering.
There are many key factors that can influence and contribute to the amount of compensation you will receive. The car accident attorneys at Nash & Franciskato look at things including:
- The severity of your injuries
- The amount of time you have missed work
- The nature and extent of your medical treatment
- The impact of your injuries on your daily life
- Any impact you injuries may have on your ability to earn a living in the future
Receive a Free Evaluation from Knowledgeable Car Accident Attorneys
In the Kansas City area and across Missouri, the car accident attorneys at Nash & Franciskato will fight for your rights. Contact our lawyers for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.