Any time a car accident involves a pedestrian and any type of motor vehicle, there is a chance for serious injury or even death. In 2008, there were 4,378 pedestrian fatalities; 490 of those occurred in Florida. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 2 hours and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. The following statistics from the NHTSA refer to pedestrian accidents in 2008:
- 69,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes.
- 72% of pedestrian fatalities in 2008 occurred in urban areas.
- 76% occurred at non-intersection locations.
- 89% took place under normal weather conditions.
- 70% happened at night.
- Pedestrians age 65 and older accounted for 18 percent (803) of all pedestrian fatalities and an estimated 10 percent (7,000) of all pedestrians injured.
- Alcohol involvement — either for the driver or for the pedestrian — was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities.
Remember, if you are injured as a pedestrian, the car owner and driver are responsible for your injuries and your own auto insurance may cover you for the injuries you suffer.
Have you or someone you love been injured as a pedestrian in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence? It is important that you contact legal counsel as soon as possible. The preservation of evidence needed to prove your claim is of utmost importance and may be lost or destroyed if not preserved immediately. Contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.