Here is the conclusion to our blog series, 7 Things to Know about Pedestrian Accidents.
5 – The people hurt most often in pedestrian accidents are children and the elderly.
This may be one of the more tragic facts about pedestrian accidents, as these devastating traffic accidents most often end up hurting some of the most vulnerable people in society – the children and people who are over 65.
In fact, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports:
- People older than 65 years are most often killed in pedestrian accidents, and they account for about 1 in every 5 deaths caused by these accidents.
- More than 20 percent of children between 10 and 15 years old who were killed in traffic collisions were pedestrians who were hit by cars.
Some of the reasons that children and the elderly are so much more often hurt or killed in pedestrian accidents (when compared with the rest of the population) include (but are strictly limited to) the facts that:
- Many pedestrian accidents happen around school bus loading zones where there can be a lot going on.
- Children may not be familiar with how to safely cross the street (or may not have yet made looking both ways before crossing a habit).
- Children can be more difficult for motorists to see, especially if or when they are in vehicles’ blind spots.
- The injuries caused by pedestrian accidents are far more likely to be fatal when people already have compromised health (as many elderly people do).
6 – Alcohol impairment is a factor in nearly half of all pedestrian accidents.
In particular, the NHTSA has reported that:
- About 48 percent of all pedestrian accidents involve alcohol impairment.
- Motorists are the ones under the influence of alcohol in about 14 percent of these cases.
- Pedestrians are the intoxicated people in about 34 percent of these accidents.
Here, it’s important to point out that:
- While alcohol impairment can be problematic for pedestrians, it may not preclude injured people from suing negligent drivers when these motorists hit pedestrians.
- Drugs – including over-the-counter, prescription and illegal narcotics – can cause impairments similar to alcohol impairment.
- Fatigue can also cause impairments similar to alcohol intoxication.
7 – After pedestrian accidents, you can rely on the Cederberg Law Firm to help you with your financial recovery.
Of all of the important information discussed thus far in this blog series, the single most important thing to remember is that, after pedestrian accidents take place, injured people can trust the Denver pedestrian accident attorneys at the Cederberg Law Firm to:
- Provide them with aggressive legal advocacy
- Help them pursue their best options for financial recovery.
Denver Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a pedestrian accident or in any type motor vehicle accident, it’s time to contact a Denver pedestrian accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to learn more about your options for financial recovery.
To meet with us at no cost or obligation to you, call us at 303-499-0449 or email us using the form at the side of the screen.
In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyers make hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.