Wisconsin Pedestrian Accidents
Accidents involving pedestrians can cause serious bodily injury, large medical bills, and even death of loved ones. There are a number of common contributing factors involved in pedestrian accidents. However, the most common contributing factor is negligence. The Wisconsin law provides extra protection for pedestrians.
According to a National Highway Traffic Association and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report, a pedestrian is injured on average every 8 minutes in the United States. Common injuries suffered include, but are not limited to fractured bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
When cars collide with pedestrians, there is high potential for serious injury. Pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem throughout the world. The United States has a particular problem with pedestrian deaths and injuries. About 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 64,000 are injured in motor vehicle accidents every year in this country.
The following represents pedestrian accident statistics for the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- Pedestrian fatalities account for 11 percent of motor vehicle fatalities.
- Over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle accidents between 1975 and 2005.
- Pedestrians comprise the second largest category of motor vehicle accident deaths following occupant deaths.
- On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes.
- On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 111 minutes.
- In 2005 a total of 4,881 pedestrian were killed in motor vehicle accidents.
- In 2005, the per capita pedestrian death rate was 1.6 per 100,000 people.
There are numerous common factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents. Negligence is one of the most common factors. Motorists have a responsibility to adhere to the laws of the road and drive in a safe and observant manner at all times. Pedestrians are killed every day due to a driver’s negligence.
Some common negligent practices by motorists include:
- Inattentive or pre-occupied drivers are potentially very dangerous for pedestrians.
- A driver’s failure to observe posted speed limits can add to the severity in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident.
- A driver’s failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians at marked cross walks can increase the chance of being involved in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident.
- A driver’s disregard for traffic control devices can also increase the chance of being involved in a motor/vehicle accident
Daniel P. Kondos has been active in the representation of motor vehicle accident victims for over thirty (30) years. We have helped thousands of people recover compensation for the injuries and property damage they suffered in the motor vehicle accidents.
If you or a family member have been injured as a result of pedestrians accident, please contact Daniel P. Kondos today. Attorneys are available by phone, e-mail, or by clicking here.