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Key factors that influence pedestrian accident stats

Pedestrian accidents are among the most dangerous types of collisions that can take place, as shown by the fact that 11 percent of traffic is by foot, but 13 percent of deadly accidents involve pedestrians. This disproportionate fatality rate is concerning, showing how pedestrians lack any protection and can get killed by simple mistakes, even at low speeds, that would not have killed a passenger in another vehicle.

To better understand these accidents, take a look at a few key factors that play into the equation:

  • Age. A full 34 percent of pedestrian injuries and 27 percent of pedestrian deaths involve those who are 65 years old and older or those who are 15 years old and under.
  • Weather. Most pedestrian accidents (90 percent) happen on clear, sunny days. The reasoning is likely very simple: More people venture outside on these days.
  • Location. While accidents do happen in rural areas, a full 66 percent happen on city streets.
  • Other traffic. Improper lane use is a big issue in some areas. For instance, a cyclist may ride on the sidewalk to stay safe from traffic, but this can force pedestrians to step into the street to avoid the bike.
  • Turns. One of the most dangerous situations for a pedestrian is crossing the street while a car is turning. Pedestrians tend to simply look where they are going, at the other sidewalk or the people ahead of them. Drivers tend to look at other cars to avoid a crash. Neither party may see each other as the car turns.

After getting injured in a car accident, make sure that you know exactly what legal options you have. You may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and the like.

Source: Traffic Safety Store, "Why People Get Hit: Eight Causes of Pedestrian Accidents," Dana Henry, accessed Feb. 27, 2018

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