Pedestrians who are struck by a car or a truck are often traumatized by the experience. Often, pedestrian accident victims sustain serious and life-altering injures and death. Pedestrians can receive disabling injuries even if they are hit by a car traveling at relatively low speeds. The higher rate of speed that the motor vehicle is going, the greater chance of disabling or fatal injuries. The Washington car accident attorneys at The Farber Law Group advise pedestrians and drivers to look out for each other as we approach spring.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) provide some statistics related to pedestrian accidents:
- 4,743 pedestrians were killed in 2012 after they were struck by a motor vehicle.
- 76,000 pedestrians were injured in 2012 in auto-pedestrian accidents.
- A substantial number of pedestrians were struck in non-roadway accidents such as a parking lot or driveway and therefore their injuries or deaths were not counted in official statistics.
Pedestrians age 70 and older are more likely to die after being hit by an automobile
Alcohol a factor in pedestrian accident deaths
Alcohol continues to factor into pedestrian accident deaths. Drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher were involved in 13% of the pedestrian accident deaths in 2012. Pedestrians own alcohol use is a factor in some fatal accidents. In 2012, 36% of the pedestrians older than 16 who were killed had a BAC of 0.08% or higher.
Steps to take if you were involved in a Washington car/pedestrian accident
If you have been struck by a car, truck or bus, be sure to call 911 so you can be assessed by a certified emergency medical technician at the accident scene. Sometimes, people who are struck are in shock and adrenaline can make it difficult to assess their own medical condition. If you are able to, please note the road conditions and get the names/addresses of any witnesses as well as the pertinent information of the driver who hit you.
The Farber Law Group recommends that you seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney so he/she can obtain copies of the police and EMT report and gather evidence and contact witnesses before information is lost.
Who is at fault in a Washington pedestrian accident?
According a 2002 pedestrian accident study on fatal accidents in Baltimore and Washington DC, the IIHS determined that pedestrians were at fault in 50 percent of fatal accidents compared with 39% of drivers (the remaining 11% the fault was not determined).
Determining fault in any accident is important because the at fault person should be responsible for damages including medical costs, loss of wages and other losses. If the driver was speeding or under the influence of alcohol, these may be at fault. Or, if the pedestrian did not was jaywalking or talking on a cell phone or otherwise distracted, the pedestrian could be at fault.
Your personal injury attorney will make sure to obtain all medical reports, police reports and insurance company investigation which will all be factored into determining fault. Your personal injury attorney will represent you with your claim and will work hard to build your case.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have been killed.