The weight of the average passenger vehicle ranges from 4,500 to 5,500 pounds. When such a car hits a defenseless pedestrian, the vehicle can cause the victim to suffer life-threatening injuries—even at very low speeds.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, more than 4,800 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2014 and another 65,000 pedestrians were injured. In Ohio, 86 pedestrians were killed that same year.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents
Pedestrian accidents can happen suddenly and without warning. These accidents have an extensive range of causes, from negligent driving to improperly designed intersections. They can occur while crossing the street, while on the sidewalk, or even while crossing a parking lot.
Some of the more common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Disregarding traffic signals and traffic laws
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Poorly designed intersections
Risk and injury factors in pedestrian accidents
Children below ten years of age are generally believed to be more susceptible to pedestrian accidents. This is not only because they smaller and more difficult to see, but also because their actions are less unpredictable compared to adults. Motorists must therefore be more cautious around areas such as schools, parks, and residential neighborhoods.
Apart from young children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also state that senior citizens and the alcohol-impaired are among those individuals most at risk for being hit in a pedestrian accident.
Studies show that the rate of accidents involving pedestrians is four times higher in dense urban areas compared to rural communities. Other factors associated with these accidents are:
- Heavily populated cities or communities
- Venues with large crowds such as concerts and sporting events
- Poorly lit roads
- Roads that lack designated crosswalks
- Poorly maintained or uneven sidewalks
In the state of Ohio, a majority of pedestrian accidents occur in downtown Cincinnati— ranked as the 40th worst city for traffic congestion in the entire country. A significant number of pedestrian accidents can also be seen in other urban areas such as Columbus and Cleveland.
Pedestrian accident injuries
Common injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents are:
- Severe head trauma
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Leg injuries
- Wrongful death
Compassionate pedestrian accident lawyer ready to help
If you or a loved have been injured as a pedestrian by a car, truck, motorcycle or any other vehicle on the road, call The Fitch Law Firm as soon as possible. We can examine your case and help you seek financial compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Just like a car accident injury claim, you may also be entitled to collect a recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, disfigurement, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other losses and damages.
We are here to fight for you and help you get the justice you deserve. Call The Fitch Law Firm at 855-LAW-OHIO or fill out our online consultation form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer.