Many people believe that pedestrian accidents are very rare or that they all lead to fatalities. Neither belief is true. We find that many people have questions after being involved in this type of accident. Whether you were the victim or you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you can keep reading to get some answers to common questions. You can also contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.
What Types of Vehicles Cause the Most Injury in a Pedestrian Injury Case?
Many people do not realize that the type of vehicle that strikes a pedestrian can greatly impact how serious their injuries are. According to the most recent statistics, 92% of fatal pedestrian accidents involved a single car, while only 8% involved a two-car accident. It is much more common for a vehicle to strike a pedestrian in the front than from the back or side. Most pedestrian fatalities were caused by SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans.
How Often Does Alcohol Play a Part in a Pedestrian Accident?
Often. In fact, nearly 50% of fatal pedestrian accidents involved either a pedestrian or driver who was under the influence of alcohol. In about 15% of those accidents, the driver had enough to drink to be legally intoxicated. One in three fatal pedestrian accidents involves a pedestrian who was drunk enough to be legally intoxicated.
Are Men or Women More Likely to Be Involved in Pedestrian Accidents? Older or Younger Walkers?
Males make up about two out of every three pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle accidents. Though some people assume that more children are killed as pedestrians, the age range with the highest number of fatal pedestrian accidents is 40+. That said, people between the ages of ten and 29 have a higher rate of overall injury as pedestrians.
Are Some Places Safer than Others?
Yes. 73% of pedestrian accidents happen in urban areas, compared to just 27% in rural areas. 69% of pedestrian accidents occur anywhere other than intersections, such as parking lots, sidewalks, medians, or parking lanes. California, Florida, and Texas historically have the highest number of pedestrian accidents in all states.
What Do I Do if I Am Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
The first and most important step is to get medical care. Once you are safe, contact your local personal injury attorney to find out what your legal options are. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. In the event you have a case and we decide to take it on, we do so on a contingency basis. For you, this means that you will not pay your legal fees until we win your case. If we do not win it then you do not pay them. Call now and let us get started.