Pedestrian accidents are far too common, especially in urban areas in Missouri and other states. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian crashes claim over 5,000 lives and cause over 100,000 injuries each year. Approximately 15 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. each year involve pedestrians.
Children under age 18 are at the greatest risk of death or serious injury in a pedestrian accident, according to an NHTSA study. Although children make up only 29 percent of the population and only 20 percent of those involved in pedestrian accidents, they account for over 42 percent of those who suffer fatal injuries in a pedestrian crash. A child's smaller size makes him or her both more likely not to be seen by a driver and more likely to be severely injured when hit by a vehicle. Pedestrian accidents are the most common accidental cause of death to children in the U.S.
Although children are the most likely to be killed in a pedestrian crash, adults ages 18 to 65 and senior citizens are also very vulnerable to accidents. Working adults are involved in about 57 percent of pedestrian accidents annually, but account for only about 49 percent of those who are killed. Senior citizens, meanwhile, suffer 22 percent of the pedestrian accidents each year but die in only about 9 percent of them. Senior citizens are more likely than healthy adults to suffer serious injuries, however.
Pedestrian accidents can cause severe injuries and even death. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please don't hesitate to call the experienced Missouri pedestrian accident attorneys at Page Law. We will help you piece together the facts and fight to hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a free and confidential case evaluation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.