Pedestrian accidents always have been a major area of concern, simply because they are more likely to result in severe injuries or fatalities than other types of accidents. Since pedestrians lack any sort of safety features or protective measures that can shield them from harm, they tend to be injured or killed more often when struck by a motor vehicle. Despite many safety precautions that different jurisdictions have taken, however, accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles still occur.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one pedestrian is killed every 113 minutes, and one pedestrian is injured every eight minutes. In the state of Wisconsin, about 60 pedestrian fatalities occur each year and about 350 pedestrians are seriously injured. This averages out to about one pedestrian death or injury in the state about every five hours. Furthermore, pedestrian accidents tend to disproportionately affect children and the elderly. About 30% of all non-fatal pedestrian accidents involve children aged 15 or younger, and about 16% of fatal pedestrian accidents involve individuals over the age of 65.
One of the major factors that affects the rate of pedestrian accidents is the time of day. Pedestrians on the street after dark are not typically as visible to drivers as they would be during daytime hours. Drivers also are more likely to be intoxicated during nighttime hours, thus leading to a higher rate of fatal pedestrian accidents. In fact, many pedestrian accidents involved either a driver or pedestrian who was intoxicated. Pedestrian accidents disproportionately occur on busy urban streets at road crossings.
The Madison personal injury lawyers of Boller & Vaughan devote their time to advocating on behalf of clients who have fallen victim to all types of car accidents, whether they are pedestrians, drivers, passengers, or bicyclists. Our job is to seek compensation for you and your family through the applicable legal framework, while you can focus on healing from your injuries and rebuilding your life with your family. Never hesitate to call our office for legal advice and counsel about your situation, so that we make our experience and knowledge work for you.