Pedestrian accidents most often lead to catastrophic injuries due to both the violent impact itself and the fact that pedestrians are typically wearing no protection against the collision. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for these injuries to require surgery, extensive physical therapy or, in the most extreme circumstances, to lead to death.
Data released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) notes that at least 60 pedestrians were killed after being struck by motor vehicles in 2016. The previous high was 44 pedestrian deaths in 2005. The trend of pedestrian deaths seems to be on a shocking increase nationwide as the Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that the figure saw an 11 percent increase from 2015 to 2016. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in crashes across the United States in 2016.
With the increase in pedestrian danger, it is critical to consider why this might be happening in an effort to help everyone stay safe.
- Distraction: Various distractions can make roads unsafe for drivers and pedestrians alike. Whether it is a driver taking his eyes off the road to eat a sandwich or a pedestrian more concerned with sending a text than making sure the crosswalk is clear, not paying attention to the road can lead to devastating injuries.
- Failure to yield: Whether drivers don’t understand the rules of the road or they simply choose to ignore them, failing to yield right-of-way to pedestrians can be disastrous. This can include waiting at a crosswalk, allowing an intersection to clear or failing to recognize pedestrians when turning right on red.
- Lack of daylight: In fall and winter months, pedestrians are at risk due to diminished sunlight. If unique circumstances force a pedestrian to walk in the dark, it is crucial they increase their visibility by wearing bright colors or reflective tape on their clothing.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, it is wise to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney. You might be entitled to recover monetary compensation.