Pedestrian accidents are a serious concern around the country. According to recent research, in 2013 alone nearly 5000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents across the United States. This breaks down to one pedestrian death every two hours. There are several individuals most at risk for severe injuries in a pedestrian accident. These include:
- Individuals aged 65 and older, making up 10% of all pedestrians hurt in a car related accident in 2013 and nearly 20% of pedestrian deaths.
- One in every five children in 2013 injured in traffic accidents were pedestrians.
- Driver factors including alcohol impairment, higher vehicle speeds, and distractions.
The majority of pedestrian deaths happen in non-intersection locations at night and in urban areas. Individuals injured in a pedestrian accident can sustain critical injuries that make it difficult for them to return to work.
Pedestrians may suffer greatly in an accident involving a vehicle. Without any of the modern safety features outfitted in a vehicle, a pedestrian is more likely to have severe injuries in an accident. There are many factors influencing just how bad these injuries might be, including how fast the vehicle was moving and where the pedestrian is struck.
Pedestrian injuries common in injuries involving vehicles include:
- Internal bleeding
- Head trauma or brain injuries
- Neck, shoulder, and back pain
- Broken bones
Depending on the scope of injuries sustained by a pedestrian, significant medical intervention may be required to address the symptoms. This is why an injured pedestrian should get medical attention quickly so as to properly address all health concerns. A personal injury attorney should also be consulted.