William W. Hurst
Law Office of William W. Hurst, LLC
50 S. Meridian St., Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Indiana has seen its fair share of car accidents involving pedestrians resulting in death this year. One such accident, in Southwestern Indiana involved a drunk driver who also had a suspended license. The woman who was hit died as a result of the accident. Car accidents involving pedestrians seem to happen all the time. This is not a rare occurrence as car accidents involving pedestrians account for only 3% of all traffic accident injuries, but an astounding 14% of all traffic fatalities.1 On average, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip (drive or walk).2 Hearing of these types of accidents always makes you wonder: Why do these seemingly avoidable accidents happen? Are these types of accidents on the rise? What can people do to prevent these types of accidents?
There are many different causes of pedestrian-vehicle accidents. This is a short list of the most prevalent causes3:
It is hard to tell if pedestrian accidents have increased, this is due to the lack of reporting of minor injuries and low impact accidents. One thing that can be proven is that pedestrian accidents accounted for 14% (4,743) of all traffic related fatalities in 2012 and 76,000 injuries, both of which are increases from the years past.5 While not a drastic increase, the fact that a pedestrian is killed every two hours after being hit by a car is startling.
These key tips to avoid being involved in a pedestrian-car accident will directly correspond with the causes listed above. You may notice that these tips are keyed toward pedestrians, not drivers. This isn’t because I don’t think drivers should pay more attention, this is because drivers are not the ones who face the fatal consequences of these accidents.
In summary, pedestrian accidents are often horrific and many times end in death. For some reason these accidents have increased over time. Many of these reasons have been discussed above and may be easily resolved by taking heed to the tips listed. No one wants to lose a loved one, so be careful when walking or driving and help ensure you aren’t the cause of the next fatal traffic accident. If you or a loved one is involved in a fatal pedestrian-car accident contact an experienced Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer immediately to get the help you deserve.
If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident contact an Experienced Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney immediately. Car accidents involving pedestrians require quick and experienced legal and investigative response to preserve any evidence and help present your case in the best light possible. Our attorneys are experienced at helping injured people receive the financial compensation they need after their injuries. Contact the Car Accident Attorneys at the Indianapolis Law Office of William “Bill” Hurst or call us toll free at (800) 636-0808 for a free consultation. https://billhurst.com.¡Hablamos Español!
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