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What are the dangers and statistics of pedestrian accidents?

Walking is a great way to get exercise, is good for the environment and saves money from not having to purchase gas when driving everywhere. In Fullerton, it is also an enjoyable activity because of the nice weather. However, it is easy to forget that pedestrians are in constant danger of suffering serious injuries and even death in an auto-pedestrian accident. Of course it increases a person’s chance to be safe when they walk in the crosswalk and adhere to all traffic laws. But there are times when an accident will happen no matter how adherent to safety procedures a pedestrian is. When there is an accident, it is important to know what to do in the aftermath.

Every day, an average of 430 pedestrians will require emergency medical treatment after an accident involving a vehicle. Within the next two hours, the statistics say there will be one fatality in an auto-pedestrian accident. In 2013, there were more than 4,700 pedestrians killed in a traffic incident. More than 156,000 received emergency room treatment. These types of accidents do not discriminate – they can happen to anyone. With that in mind, it must also be remembered that there are certain factions of society who are more vulnerable than others.

Males are more frequently killed or hurt in a pedestrian accident than females. People between the ages of 15 and 29 are more commonly hurt in a pedestrian-vehicle accident that required a trip to an emergency room than other age groups. The number of people who die in a pedestrian-auto accident will increase as people age. Of all pedestrians who died in an accident of this kind in 2013, 34 percent had alcohol of at least or more than 0.08 grams per deciliter in their system. Children are especially vulnerable because of numerous factors. Out of every five traffic fatalities of children 14-years-old and younger are pedestrians.

The statistics are troubling. A pedestrian accident with a vehicle can happen for a number of reasons including a negligent driver, a driver operating his or her vehicle under the influence, a reckless driver or the failure to adhere to traffic signals. Regardless of how it happened, those who have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in pedestrian accidents need to know how to move forward with a legal filing with help from an experienced attorney.

Source:, “Walk This Way! Taking Steps for Pedestrian Safety,” accessed on May 16, 2016

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