Pedestrian Accidents

Traffic accidents endanger everyone who is involved in them, but pedestrians are the most vulnerable of all. When you are on foot, there is absolutely no buffer between you and the impact of an accident, and the injuries you sustain can be life-threatening. As distracted drivers continue to proliferate and other forms of driver negligence refuse to abate, pedestrian accidents continue to happen at far too great a rate. If a driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a pedestrian accident, turn to the professional legal counsel of an accomplished Los Angeles personal injury attorney.

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Risky Statistics

When it comes to traffic accidents, pedestrians are at significant risk – as these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrate:

2017

There were nearly 6,000 pedestrian fatalities in 2017, which equates to 1 fatal pedestrian accident every 88 minutes.

2017

In 2017, there were about 137,000 accidents that left pedestrians so injured they needed emergency care.

Traffic Accident

Pedestrians are one and a half times more likely – per trip – to be killed in traffic accidents than the occupants of vehicles are.

47%

Forty-seven percent of fatal pedestrian accidents involve alcohol.

Faster

The faster a motorist is driving, the more likely it is that a pedestrian will be struck and the greater the chances that his or her injuries will be severe.

Pedristan Accident

The majority of fatal pedestrian accidents happen in urban areas.

Pedestrians beware – negligent drivers put you at increased risk of being seriously injured or worse.

Pedestrians Are at Serious Risk of Being Seriously Injured

When you head out on foot, you are not only more difficult to see, but you are also almost completely defenseless against the immense impact created by a vehicle in a pedestrian accident (other than your ability to employ the rules of safe walking and to avoid accidents whenever possible). As such, you are extremely vulnerable to all of the following dangerous injuries:

Broken Bones

Extremely serious injuries that are as exceptionally slow to heal as they are exceptionally painful. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it can also leave you vulnerable to serious infections. Bones that fail to heal properly can lead to secondary health concerns that can include chronic pain and even a permanent disability related to decreased range of motion and/or mobility.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is typically caused by a blow to the head or neck and/or by the violent shaking of the head, and the impact of pedestrian accidents easily fits the bill. Because they affect the brain, TBIs are exceptionally dangerous. Our brains house the essence of what makes each of us uniquely ourselves, and any degree of disruption can be devastating. While some TBIs cause temporary damage, others lead to permanent damage that is immensely difficult to overcome.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Can happen anywhere on the spinal cord, and they are commonly caused by a blow to the neck, shoulders, or back. These painful injuries can lead to a permanent loss in one’s range of motion and to debilitating chronic pain. When the injury is so serious that the spinal cord is severed, the victim suffers permanent paralysis in the area of the body that corresponds with the site of the spinal cord injury.

Cuts, Burns, and Abrasions

Pedestrian accidents tend to be exceptionally violent, and the victim can be thrown against an unyielding object, dragged across the ground, pinned between the vehicle and something else, and/or burned by the heat of the vehicle in the process. This makes pedestrians especially vulnerable to dangerous cuts, burns, and abrasions – all of which can lead to extremely serious infections and scarring. When a pedestrian is seriously cut or burned on or near the face, he or she can be permanently disfigured.

Pedestrian Accidents and Driver Negligence

Driver negligence poses an even greater danger for pedestrians, and some of the most dangerous forms include:

Distraction – When a driver barrels down the road without paying adequate attention to what he or she is doing, accidents become that much more likely. To drive safely, motorists must train their full attention on their driving, and when they instead choose to focus on a distraction, pedestrians can pay the ultimate price. Distractions are frequently categorized into visual distractions, manual distractions, and cognitive distractions, and texting is a perfect trifecta of all three. When a motorist reads or sends a text from behind the wheel (while traveling at highway speeds), that driver’s attention leaves the road for the full length of a football field, which can obviously pose a real problem for pedestrians.

Speed – When motorists exceed the speed limit (or a safe speed given the condition of the road), they make accidents more likely, and they increase the likely severity of those accidents. Speed also decreases the time a driver has to react and increases the distance he or she needs to come to a safe stop. Each of these – on its own – puts pedestrians at increased risk, and together, they can spell disaster.

Impairment – Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs suffer impairments that include a diminished ability to focus one’s vision and/or attention, increased reaction times, diminished cognitive processing, and more. Impaired drivers play an outsized role in pedestrian fatalities.

Exhaustion – Drowsy drivers can be as dangerous as impaired drivers, and they tend to suffer similar impairments, including inattentiveness and increased reaction times.

Look to a Dedicated Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Attorney for the Help You Need

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by a motorist’s negligence, the resourceful pedestrian accident attorneys at Kash Legal Group in LA are committed to using the full force of their considerable experience in their focused efforts to resolve your claim favorably. Our clients’ best interests always guide our work, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us for more information today.

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