August 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- It doesn't get much worse than to be traumatically struck by a car, truck or bus while walking or jogging. A pedestrian-motor vehicle accident
can be fatal; may cause permanent brain injury or other disability; can leave physical, mental and emotional scars; or may cause severe physical injuries like broken bones and internal damage.
Drivers have the duty to exercise caution due to the devastating injury that a split second of inattention or carelessness can cause. This is especially true while driving in areas where there is a likelihood of vulnerable pedestrians. Motor vehicle operators must follow traffic laws and exercise the utmost prudence so as to avoid the risk of harm to those on foot. In particular, drivers should never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs that might affect their judgment, attention, or reflexes. They also should avoid distractions like mobile phone use and be especially careful in bad weather or at night when visibility is reduced.
DOT study findings
In early August 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation released 2011 pedestrian accident statistics
- Across the country, almost 4,500 people were killed crossing streets that year, a slight increase from the year before.
- About 69,000 pedestrians were injured in such incidents.
- Almost half of fatal pedestrian accidents that year involved alcohol ingestion
either by the drivers or the pedestrians.
- Over two-thirds of pedestrians who died in accidents were men or boys.
- Almost three-quarters of fatal pedestrian crashes happened at night.
- Almost three-quarters of fatal pedestrian accidents happened on urban roads as opposed to rural.
- Almost three-quarters of pedestrian deaths happened away from intersections.
- The vast majority of pedestrian fatalities happened in good weather.
On the local level, Kansas' 2011 pedestrian accident fatality rate was the third lowest among U.S. states at 0.49 per 100,000. Missouri's rate was 1.25, falling in the middle of the pack.
Pedestrian safety tips
For their parts, walkers and runners can also take precautions:
- Do not walk or jog along streets while intoxicated.
- Use sidewalks and crosswalks.
- Avoid walking after dark, especially on weekends.
- Don't walk while using electronic devices or headphones.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight at night.
Consult an experienced Kansas City pedestrian accident attorney
If you have been injured as a pedestrian or if your loved one or family member died in a Missouri or Kansas pedestrian accident, speak with a knowledgeable Kansas City personal injury lawyer about the incident, your legal rights, potentially responsible parties and possible legal remedies like a personal injury lawsuit for damages. You may be able to collect damages for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, permanent injuries and more.
Legal counsel with pedestrian accident experience know how to conduct a thorough, smart investigation of the accident as well as consult with expert reconstructionists and medical professionals in preparation of your case.
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