Pedestrians more likely to sustain serious injury in a crash

Across the United States, pedestrian deaths are a big problem. Oklahoma readers will note that in the United States, as per information compiled in 2012, a pedestrian death occurred every 2 hours, with pedestrian injuries occurring every seven minutes. The frequency of these accidents serves as a reminder of the increased risk of serious injury and death faced by those who choose to travel by foot.

The Center of Disease Control (CDC) has studied pedestrian accidents, identifying the primary causes and effects of this type of serious collision. While pedestrians should take steps to be safe, such as wearing reflective gear and walking on sidewalks when possible, drivers have a special responsibility to safely share the road. The CDC approximates that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a collision than people who are actually inside a vehicle.

One of the main causes of pedestrian accidents is drunk driving. Swerving, speeding and failing to yield are common behaviors of drunk drivers and are some of the most dangerous to pedestrians. Distracted driving is also a danger, with these people displaying the same behaviors as drivers who are drunk. Cars driving at an increased rate of speed have an increased chance of striking and seriously injuring a pedestrian.

Pedestrian accidents can often cause a serious injury, including head trauma, broken bones and more. Also, it is not uncommon for a crash to have fatal consequences, forever impacting an Oklahoma family. Fortunately, there are legal ways by which victims and grieving families can hold negligent or reckless drivers accountable for their actions behind the wheel and obtain rightful financial compensation.

Source: cdc.gov, "Pedestrian Safety", Accessed on Oct. 27, 2015

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