Here are some startling facts of who is most at risk according to the CDC:
- Adults 65 and older account for 19% of all pedestrian deaths and 13% of all pedestrians injured.
- One in every five children under the age of 15 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
Usually, the majority of pedestrian injuries and/or deaths occur in urban areas, non-intersection locations or at night when it’s dark and hard to see. If the driver does not comply with the rules of the road, this could be considered negligence. These are some of the most common risk factors:
- Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, and more.
- Speeding, of course, the higher the speed the worse the injuries are to the victim.
- Failing to yield to pedestrians legally using the crosswalk.
- Blatantly disobeying traffic signs and signals.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Driving in inclement weather or poor traffic conditions.
In most cases, if you are hit by a car, you will typically file a legal claim against the driver of the vehicle. However, you could potentially have a case against the municipality if the area in which you were hit was unsafe due to a defect with the traffic lights and signs, and you can prove that it played a role in the accident.
Keep in mind that jaywalking is considered illegal, and you want to be sure to use a crosswalk at all times; however, traffic laws do require that drivers be alert and aware of pedestrians and potential road hazards at all times. Both drivers and pedestrians must exercise reasonable care and follow traffic rules at all times. Pedestrians that are hit in crosswalks have a very strong case against the driver because the driver is almost always at fault.