Pedestrian accidents are scary events for both the pedestrian and the driver. They are also
every parent’s worst nightmare. Striking a pedestrian with a vehicle
is very upsetting, and unfortunately, it’s not uncommon, especially
in urban areas.
According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest data, in 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were killed, and about 65,000
more were injured in traffic-related crashes in the United States. On
average, one pedestrian was injured every 8 minutes and one pedestrian
was killed every 2 hours, the NHTSA reports.
How ‘Pedestrians’ Are Defined
The NHTSA defines pedestrians as, “any person on foot, walking, running,
jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle
traffic crash.” Traffic crashes simply refer to incidents involving
at least one motor vehicle; however, crashes that occur in parking lots,
driveways, and on private party are excluded from NHTSA’s pedestrian
2014 facts about pedestrian accidents as reported by the NHTSA:
- 78% occurred in urban areas
- 71% occurred at non-intersections
- 72% of the accidents occurred in the dark
- 24% occurred during the daytime hours
- In 2014, 47 was the average age of pedestrians killed
- 19% of children under the age of 14 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians
Now that we’ve gone over the latest statistics for pedestrian accidents
in the United States, let’s discuss fault. Who is at-fault in a
pedestrian accident? Generally, fault is determined under the traditional
theory of negligence.
The question is, what would any other prudent person do under the same
set of circumstances? Sometimes, the driver is 100% responsible, for example,
when a driver runs a red light and strikes a pedestrian walking legally
in a crosswalk. Sometimes, the pedestrian and the driver are both to blame.
Usually, injured pedestrians are able to file claims against drivers’
auto liability insurance. The recovery amount comes down to fault and
the state’s statutes. To learn more about South Carolina’s
automobile insurance laws,
Injured in a pedestrian accident?
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