Just like automotive-to-automotive car accidents, pedestrian knock-down can lead to serious injury and even death and comes with its own array of legal battles and financial burdens. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there has been an estimated 11% increase in pedestrian knock-down related deaths from 2015 to 2016 alone. This rate surpassed a 9% increase from the previous year. GHSA also estimated 5,997 people were killed while walking or standing along highways and streets in 2016, not to mention the many, many more that are injured every year due to driver negligence.
Ultimately, this sort of injury is extremely preventable. It is because of the driver’s negligence that a pedestrian is injured or killed in these sorts of crashes. The main cause of these crashes, according to The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), as of 2009, estimated that nearly 36% of pedestrian knock-down crashes were the result of inattention. With the use of electronics and mobile devices in moving vehicles on the rise, this number is sure to increase. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), “At any given daylight moment across” the United States, roughly “660,000 drivers are using cell phones” or are occupied by other electronic devices that are not mobile devices while they are driving. Driving while distracted by a cell phone or other electronic device is considered more dangerous and distracting than other tasks such as eating, and this is reflected in the numbers. All in all, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded that more than half of all traffic-related deaths in four major U.S. cities (New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Albuquerque), showing how cities with heavy-foot traffic are most susceptible to this type of devastating event.
When it comes to the severity of these types of injuries, the speed of the automotive plays a very big factor. Ultimately, 95% of pedestrians who are hit by a vehicle traveling at a speed of 20 mph or lower will survive. This rate of survival falls lower to 60% once the vehicle has surpassed a speed of 30 mph. Survival does not mean that the victim did not suffer an injury that can greatly diminish their quality of life.
At Jon K. Davis, PC, our experienced attorneys are here to help so that way you can focus on getting your life back on track. We will seek justice for you and your loved ones who were harmed in pedestrian knock-down cashes, so that you can become a person again, not a victim. Send us an email or call us at (516) 730-3446 to get started on a pedestrian accident claim.