Whether you are walking or running for pleasure or for exercise, you do not expect to be injured in an accident when doing so. What you do expect is to accomplish whatever task you have set out, but there are times when you are injured as a pedestrian due to the negligence of another person. Pedestrian accidents continues to happen, and therefore, it is best to understand the statistics of pedestrian accidents in Spokane, Washington so that you can avoid being injured in these types of accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Spokane auto accident attorney so that we can help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.
The Statistics Behind Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents occur to certain groups of people more than others. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention children and the elderly are more at risk in being involved in an accident as a pedestrian. One in five traffic deaths among children that are younger than 14 are due to pedestrian accidents. Also, alcohol impaired driving accounts for 49% of pedestrian related accidents, and the higher the speed of the vehicle, the higher the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck by that vehicle. Unfortunately, most pedestrians who sustain serious injuries as well as fatal ones are out in urban areas, in non-intersection locations, and are often out at night.
According to the CDC, every 24 hours, on average, 430 people will be treated in the emergency room for pedestrian injuries and every two hours, one pedestrian will die due to those injuries. Pedestrian accidents are not only severe, but they can often be fatal. It is important to keep yourself safe if you have decided to take a run or to walk. Because of the increasing amount of pedestrian accidents, if you do become injured while walking or running, seek legal advice and representation to determine the best outcome for your case.
Need Legal Advice?
Pedestrian accidents can be overwhelming and frustrating. You should be compensated for your injuries. It is important to seek legal advice and representation so that you can determine the best strategies for your case. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced auto accident attorney to help you. Contact the West Law Office online or call at 509-993-0748 so that we can help you with your case.
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