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Pedestrian Accidents

Millions of Americans walk daily for enjoyment, transportation, visiting people and places, and exercising.. In 2020, traffic crashes claimed the lives of 6,516 and injured over 55,000 pedestrians in the United States. That breaks down to 18 pedestrians killed each day and 125 per week. Further, a pedestrian was killed every 1.35 hours and injured every 10 minutes in traffic accidents. [1]

Typical Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Unfortunately, the majority of pedestrian accidents occur due to distracted driving. Whether the driver focuses on their cell phone, passengers, or eating and drinking, they make common but deadly mistakes, such as:

  • Failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian
  • Not stopping at stop signs, red lights, or pedestrian crosswalks
  • Driving above the posted limit, specifically in residential, school, or recreational areas

These pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents often lead to severe injuries that require weeks, months, and even years of rehabilitation. Some common injuries in pedestrian motor vehicle accidents include broken bones, internal injuries, brain damage, back and neck injuries, paralysis, and loss of an arm, leg, or foot.

If you were hit by a motor vehicle while walking, contact a Ramos Law pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. If a loved one was killed by a car while walking, your attorney could help you navigate the complex legal process so you can focus on healing.

National Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Every 10 minutes, someone walking is hit and injured by a motor vehicle. Eighteen pedestrians are hit and killed every day across the United States. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 4,000 pedestrians have died in traffic accidents yearly since 2004. [2]

Whatever presumptions you may have about the demographics of those killed, the statistics may surprise you:

  • 82 percent of those killed while walking in 2020 were in urban areas
  • 75 percent of the fatal accidents did not occur at intersections
  • 77 percent of the fatal accidents happened at night
  • The average age of people killed in these accidents was 55-59 years old
  • 26 percent of these accidents occurred on weekend evenings between 6 pm and 9 pm
  • Nearly 1 out of every 4 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2020 were struck by hit-and-run drivers

Pedestrian Accidents Frequently Asked Questions

We at Ramos Law Firm often receive questions about pedestrian accidents and the laws designed to prevent them. We collected some of the most common questions regarding motor vehicle accidents and the law below.

If you cannot return to work after being in a pedestrian accident, your attorney will help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. You must receive compensation for the time lost at work and the loss of future earnings. You may also be able to seek damages for your pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.

Speak to your attorney before you sign papers or accept any settlement from your accident.

The law requires that you exercise reasonable care when walking, which includes walking in designated areas. However, this does not mean that the driver who hit you has no fault. Speak with your attorney as soon as possible so they can investigate the accident’s circumstances and help you determine if you should move forward with your case.

The law states that when traffic signals are not working, motorists must yield the right of way to pedestrians and slow or stop their vehicles for the person’s safety. Speak to your attorney about the specifics of your case because your wife may receive compensation for her injuries.

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Ramos Law fights for the rights of those injured or killed in numerous vehicle accidents. You may be eligible for compensation if you sustained an injury or a motorist killed a pedestrian loved one. You can trust the Ramos Law Firm, led by Dr. Joseph Ramos, physician and attorney, to hold the driver accountable for their actions. 

Contact our skilled personal injury attorneys in Colorado and Arizona today to discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation.

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