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Pedestrian Injuries

Crossing the street can be dangerous, even if you look both ways. According to the August 2012 Traffic Safety Facts published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,280 pedestrians died in 2010 in traffic crashes and 70,000 were injured.

Determining who is negligent in pedestrian cases can be tricky. Many factors must be taken into account: Were you paying attention to traffic when you crossed? L.A. R.S. § 32:212. Were you jaywalking or crossing in a designated crosswalk? L.A. R.S. § 32:212. Did the car run a red light? If possible, you should try to get witnesses who can verify your account of the accident.

In general, pedestrians have the right of way, unless they cross the street in non-designated areas or against crossing signals. L.A. R.S. § 32:212.

Drivers must take special care to be on the lookout for children when driving near schools, playgrounds or where children are known to be in the area.

Pedestrian Injury Data

  • In 2010 in the United States, 4,280 pedestrians died from traffic-related injuries and another 70,000 pedestrians sustained non-fatal injuries.
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.
  • Pedestrian fatalities are the second-leading cause of motor vehicle-related deaths, following occupant fatalities.
  • Pedestrian-related fatalities account for about 13% of all motor vehicle-related deaths.
  • Alcohol involvement-either for the driver or for the pedestrian- was reported in forty-seven percent (47%) of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths. Of the pedestrians, 33 % had blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of 0.08 % or more. Of the drivers involved in these fatal crashes, only 14 percent had a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher,
  • Looking only at nighttime crashes, the percentage of pedestrians who were legally intoxicated jumps to 52%.
  • Children are at risk for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. In 2010, children 15 years and younger accounted for 23% of all nonfatal pedestrian injuries and 7% of all pedestrian fatalities.
  • In 2010, adults 70 years and older accounted for 19% of all pedestrian fatalities. The death rate for this group, 2.40 per 100,000 people, is the highest of any age group.
  • In 2010, 30% of pedestrian deaths occurred between 8:00pm and midnight. Nearly half of all pedestrian fatalities occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.

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