Walking is the most basic form of human transportation. Unfortunately, walking is becoming increasingly risky. Pedestrian deaths hit the highest levels the U.S. has seen in 30 years.[1] Contact Counsel Hound for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation if you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident.

Statistics

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2019, an estimated 7,668 pedestrians died in traffic and non-traffic incidents. Non-traffic areas include driveways, parking lots, and other private property. The majority of fatal accidents occurred on public roads (80%).[2]

The breakdown of pedestrian traffic death statistics is as follows:

  • Urban settings (82%)
  • Open Road (73%)
  • Intersections (26%)
  • Dark lighting conditions (80%)

The CDC reports that in 2017, 137,000 pedestrians were treated for non-fatal accident-related injuries. Compared to passenger vehicle occupants, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash.[3]

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

  • Unsafe Driving Behavior:
    • Failing to stop for a red light or stop sign.
    • Crossing intersections without looking for pedestrians.
    • Distracted driving (smartphone use, eating, etc.).
    • Drunk driving.
  • Need for safer road crossings.
    • Design defects in crosswalk locations.
    • Low visibility near high-traffic crosswalks.
  • The increased presence of sport utility vehicles (SUVs).
    • SUVs cause more severe pedestrian impacts than cars.

Pedestrians Most at Risk

Alcohol-impaired drivers and pedestrians:[4]

  • Almost half (47%) of fatal pedestrian accidents involved alcohol for the driver and/or pedestrian.
  • One in every three (33%) fatal pedestrian accidents involved pedestrians with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08%, the legally defined alcohol level intoxicated in most states.

Older Adults and Children:

  • 20% of all pedestrian deaths and 10% of all pedestrian injuries are people aged 65+.
  • One in every five children under the age of 15 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight to increase your visibility.[5]
  • Cross streets at a designated crosswalk or intersection whenever possible.
  • Walk on a sidewalk or path instead of the road. If a sidewalk or path is not available, walk on the road’s shoulder facing traffic.
  • Avoid using electronic devices like earbuds or walking if you have consumed alcohol. Electronic distractions paired with alcohol consumption can impair judgment and coordination.

Stages of a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit

  1. Initial Investigation: If possible, take photos of the scene and write down witnesses’ names and phone numbers. No matter how minor the accident, always call 911. The police report may provide vital information for your case.
  2. Medical Treatment for Injuries: Receiving medical treatment is an essential step in creating a case. Be honest with your doctor about the severity of your injuries so the doctor can provide you with the necessary treatment. Always continue the doctor’s prescribed treatment, or insurance may see the discontinuation of treatment to indicate you are healed. Document each doctor’s visit so we can include your medical costs in the settlement or award.
  3. File Claim with Insurance Company: Notify your insurance company of the accident. Your insurance company should take the necessary steps to reimburse you for damages. If the driver’s insurance company attempts to contact you for a statement or settlement, do not respond until consulting with Counsel Hound. We are working with your best interest in mind, and you may be eligible for more than what the at-fault driver’s insurance company will initially offer.
  4. Counsel Hound Consultation: Fill out our contact form, and we will set up an initial meeting to discuss your options. We work with lawyers across the nation, and Counsel Hound will refer you to the best-suited lawyer for your case at no cost.
  5. Settlement Demand: After your medical treatment has been finalized, we will begin the settlement process to maximize your compensation for damages. This process may involve negotiations with the insurance company.
  6. Settlement or Lawsuit: Once a final offer has been reached with the insurance company, you will decide if you would like to settle or file a lawsuit. Your Counsel Hound lawyer will advise you on the benefits of settling or continuing a lawsuit for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
  7. Trial: If you decide to decline an offer for settlement, we will guide you through the discovery, mediation, and trial. During discovery, both parties will exchange information to build their case. After the discovery period, you may go through a mediation where a neutral third party helps to facilitate a discussion between both parties. This may provide a second chance to accept a settlement before the trial. If mediation does not resolve the lawsuit, we will move to trial and work to convince the judge and jury that the driver acted negligently, resulting in you suffering a loss.

Counsel Hound will connect you to the qualified representation you need to navigate this process successfully. Contact us today for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.

Compensation

Pedestrian accidents can leave you with physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Our Counsel Hound-approved lawyers will work to maximize your settlement or award. Types of compensation you may be eligible for include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages:

  • If your accident required surgery, physical therapy, prescription drugs, medical equipment, repeat doctor visit, we would work to have you reimbursed.
  • If the accident forced you to miss work or suffer a wage decrease at a new position, we would prove your losses with timesheets.
  • If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you might be able to recover funeral or burial costs.

Non-Economic Damages:

Some damages cannot be proved with lost wages, property damages, etc. You may face emotional suffering as a result of the accident. Our lawyers will work to include all available compensation in your case.