The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that, in 2016 alone, there were 5,987 pedestrian fatalities in U.S. traffic crashes. On top of that, close to 129,000 pedestrians received emergency room treatment for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015. The CDC goes on to report that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than occupants of passenger vehicles to be killed in a car crash on each trip. These kinds of numbers make it clear that it is not safe for pedestrians. Pedestrians are at great risk at sustaining injuries, often fatal injuries, in motor vehicle crashes. As we look at the numbers of lives destroyed or forever changed by involvement in a pedestrian accident, we can take measures to make the roads safer for everyone.
Philadelphia Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Pick-Up Truck
At around 9 pm on October 1st, there was a fatal pedestrian accident in the Homesburg section of Philadelphia. A 63-year-old man was struck by a pickup truck and the victim was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Police report that the entire accident was caught on private surveillance cameras. The driver of the pick-up truck involved in the fatal crash was a 70-year-old man who remained at the accident scene and is cooperating with law enforcement.
Unfortunately, this type of accident is far too common. Older adults are at greater risk of being involved in pedestrian crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that, in 2017, two-thirds of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were males. Also, the NHTSA reports that 26%, the highest percentage of pedestrian fatalities, happen between the hours of 6 pm and 8:59 pm. What all this means is that the 63-year-old man who was fatally injured in a pedestrian crash on the night of October 1st is one of many who met a similar fate.
To combat the dangers associated with being a pedestrian, especially the dangers associated with being a pedestrian at night. Pedestrians should always remember to be as visible as possible. Wear bright clothes. Be predictable and avoid actions that might surprise motorists. Never make the assumption that a driver can see you, even if you are crossing in a marked sidewalk. Put down your phone and avoid engaging in any other distractions such as other kinds of handheld devices.
Drivers, it is also up to you to help keep pedestrians and others on the road safe. Make sure to adjust your driving depending on conditions such as lighting and weather. Do not engage in things like speeding, reckless driving, and never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Stay aware of your surroundings, especially in areas where pedestrians are likely to be present. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and give them space. Drive defensively and, as much as possible, drive to expect the unexpected.
Pedestrian Crash Attorneys
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries. Talk to the experienced attorneys at Cooper, Schall & Levy and we will discuss your legal options for monetary recovery. Contact us today.