A pedestrian accident can leave a surviving victim with critical pain and medical bills for weeks, months, or even years. Being struck by a vehicle can turn that victim’s life upside down, often leaving little recourse beyond filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Many pedestrian accidents are preventable, but leave behind a wake a devastating injuries for someone struck by a vehicle.
More news stories and studies have focused on the devastating impact of pedestrian accidents across the United States. One recent study determined that men have a higher risk of injury in pedestrian car accidents, including higher rates of death and worse long term health outcomes. Despite growing efforts to enhance pedestrian safety and minimize these accidents, the US still reported the highest number of pedestrian fatalities seen since 1990 in 2018.
In that same year, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 15% of all motor vehicle crashes across the country. Pedestrian deaths have also continued to rise after the pandemic, with an overall increase of 37% from 2000 to 2020. Many factors have been named as possible causes behind rising pedestrian accidents, including the rising popularity of pickup trucks and SUVs.
These high front ends can cause devastating or fatal injuries for cyclists and pedestrians, especially when the victim is a child. Over 900 injured pedestrians between the ages of 15 and 70 were included in the most recent study. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, or any other wreck involving someone else’s negligent behavior, you deserve to have the support of an experienced attorney. Contact a San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer to discuss your own case.