Walking is fun. It’s also how some people go about their everyday business, whether it’s by walking to work, to the grocery store or to a friend’s house. Walking is good for the environment, saves gas and is a form of exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels.
But walking also can be deadly. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2013, 4,735 pedestrians in the United States were struck and killed by vehicles. That averages to one accident-related pedestrian death every two hours. Pedestrians were 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a collision with a vehicle than someone inside a car, truck, van or other motorized vehicle. More than 150,000 pedestrians suffered injuries that required emergency medical treatment or hospitalization, the CDC reported.
Pedestrians are typically defined as people who travel by foot, wheelchair or similar means, like skateboards, roller skates or scooters. Pedestrians, according to the CDC statistics, appear to be among the most vulnerable on the road. Teenagers and young adults, or those between the ages of 15 and 29, are most likely pedestrians to be treated in emergency rooms than other age groups. One in five traffic deaths among children under the age of 14 are pedestrian fatalities. However, the risk of dying as a result of being hit by a car is also a risk for elderly people.
In Pennsylvania last year, 151 pedestrians died after being struck by a motor vehicle, according to the state Department of Transportation’s 2015 Crash Facts and Statistics Report. Another 4,003 were injured; some sought emergency medical treatment.
The state report shows that 18 of the deaths were among those over the age of 75. At the same time, about a dozen of those in the state who were killed after being struck by a car were under the age of 14. Among the pedestrians who were injured, 28 percent were age 19 and under.
In Pennsylvania and most other states, pedestrians have the right of way most of the time. Vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians at unmarked crosswalks. A motorist is likely to be at fault for striking a pedestrian who is crossing the street.
If you or your family member were injured or killed by someone’s negligent act, the attorneys at The Fighting for People Injury Law Group of PollackSteinberg, LLP can help. We will investigate your accident and help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs and damages.
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