Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable of road users, even though most of the time they are on the comparative safety of sidewalks and crosswalks. These safety measures are typically not enough, as every year thousands of pedestrians lose their lives while out walking from one place to another. Statistics for 2012 reveal that nearly 5,000 pedestrians lost their lives in accidents involving traffic in the U.S., with nearly one fatality every two hours.
These fatalities are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to accidents involving pedestrians, as in 2013, 150,000 pedestrians had to visit an emergency department for treatment from injuries caused by confrontations with motor vehicles.
Those Most At Risk For Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities
There are typically certain groups of people who are most likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident when a vehicle is involved. Pedestrians over 65 years old account for approximately 19% of the fatalities and 10% of those who were injured. The next largest group is children. Around 20% of pedestrians who are killed in traffic accidents every year are less than 14 years of age.
Alcohol is another risk-factor for a pedestrian accidents. 34% of fatalities involving a motor vehicle were due to the pedestrian being well over the BAC limit of .08 while only 15% of drivers had a similar BAC. Following these risk factors are the speed of the driver, living in an urban area, walking at night and trying to cross a road where there is no intersection.
Slip and Fall Pedestrian Accidents
When you think of a pedestrian injury or fatality, the immediate response is that a vehicle is involved. However, this is not always the case. There are many other obstacles encountered by pedestrians while out walking that could cause a pedestrian to suddenly trip or slip and fall, including:
- cracks or holes on sidewalks;
- unevenly positioned concrete slabs on sidewalks;
- icy, wet slippery surfaces;
- manhole covers that have not been replaced;
- debris and trash spread over side-walks;
- Construction sites without barricades.
Failure to Warn Pedestrians
Under premises liability law, it is the duty of those responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks and other public areas like parking lots and public parks to keep them in good condition. If no sign or barricade has been installed warning pedestrians of potentially hazards conditions, the injured pedestrian may be able to file a personal injury claim against those responsible.
Serious life-changing injuries occur as a result of pedestrians falling and being struck by cars. If you hit a sharp object like a fence paling when falling, there is a possibility of significant injury. Countless falls result in serious and life long back injuries, broken bones, and brain injuries. Missouri law requires the premises owner to have known, or should have known, of the dangerous condition in order to be held accountable.
How To File A Pedestrian Accident Claim
When dealing with a pedestrian premise liability claim or auto accident, it is important that a investigation take place immediately to ensure all evidence is properly gathered. A personal injury attorney will step in and help determine your eligibility for a personal injury claim and gather the necessary evidence to prove your case.
Standing up to large insurance corporations is exactly what we do at The Dixon Injury Firm. Our lawyers are recognized as Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Lifetime Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We take great pride in helping injury victims recover reimbursement for their harms and losses following an accident. Call today for a FREE Consultation, (314) 409-7060.