Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant problem in communities in Indiana and across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 4,700 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents throughout the country, and another 76,000 people suffered injuries. On average, that amounts to one pedestrian injured every 7 minutes in traffic accidents.
The CDC also reports that pedestrians are about 1.5 times more likely to die in auto accidents than drivers and passengers. There are also demographics that have a higher likelihood of being involved in these accidents, including older adults and children. Individuals over the age of 65 account for roughly 20 percent of all pedestrian accident deaths each year.
These types of crashes are particularly dangerous because most people on foot have very little protection from the damage automobiles can cause. In many cases, distracted driving is at fault, including the following issues:
- Talking or texting on a cell phone
- Eating or drinking
- Adjusting the radio or CD player
- Talking to passengers in the backseat
- Rubbernecking at accidents
After a motor vehicle crash resulting in serious injuries to you or a loved one, you may need to take legal action to seek compensation from the responsible parties and their insurance companies. To learn more about your best next steps, work with an experienced auto accident lawyer at Tabor Law Firm, serving clients throughout Indiana.