While fatalities for occupants of motor vehicles have consistently declined for the past several years, fatalities for pedestrians have actually increased. In 2009 there were 4,109 pedestrian deaths reported in a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2010 the number of pedestrian deaths had increased to 4,280 deaths-a 4.2 percent increase. The increase of injuries to pedestrians in the same time period from 2009 to 2010 is a staggering 19 percent with 59,000 injuries in 2009 and 70,000 in 2010.

Pedestrian Crash Facts:

  • Nearly 60% of pedestrian accidents that occurred with the pedestrian walking along a roadway were at night
  • One of the most vulnerable age groups is five to nine year olds, accounting for nearly 17% of all pedestrian crashes, but only about 7 percent of the total population
  • About 17% of pedestrians were in a crosswalk when they were hit by a motor vehicle
  • Approximately 70 percent of pedestrians killed were males
  • Hit and run cases accounted for about 18 percent of pedestrian crashes
  • The largest proportion of pedestrian crashes occurred on Saturday (18 percent) and Friday (16 percent)

Contributing Factors in a Pedestrian Crash:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving (texting, cell phone use)
  • Drunk driving
  • Road construction
  • Poor road conditions
  • Weather conditions
  • Faulty traffic signals
  • Unsafe walking conditions (cracked sidewalks, potholes)

Typically, when a pedestrian is involved in a motor vehicle crash, the injuries can be severe such as broken bones, internal bleeding, damage to internal organs, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries (link to spinal cord injuries page), leaving you with doctor visits, physical therapy, medical bills, physical and emotional pain, lost wages and perhaps even permanent damage. The experienced pedestrian crash attorneys at The Bendinelli Law Firm can help you recover damages for your economic and non-economic damages.