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Pedestrian Fatalities Are on the Rise

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Pedestrian fatalities in motor vehicle accidents has risen 46 percent since 2009. The total number of fatalities in vehicle crashes had gone down, from 2006 to 2015, by 18 percent; however, the amount of pedestrian deaths in car crashes rose 12 percent in that same time span.

There is no real data about how many more pedestrians are out there, but it certainly seems that these pedestrians had better be careful. A person being hit by a car obviously has a much greater chance of serious injury. Statistical data also indicates that many of these accidents befall older people such as 70 years or older. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian vs. motor vehicle accident, seeking the assistance of a pedestrian accident lawyer in Houston is of the utmost importance.

Injuries that a Pedestrian Will Most Likely Get

The injuries sustained according to the U.S. Department of Transportation are often to the head, pelvis, and legs. This coincides with another fact that pedestrian death rates are highest for those who are seventy and older. Falls and head injuries account for many fatalities in this age group and being hit by a vehicle will definitely be hard for anyone especially an older person to survive.

There is also the fact that people driving under the influence are less likely to be paying as much attention to the crosswalks as they are to cars in front of them. Distracted driving may be another factor that has seen this disturbing trend back on the rise.

Losing a loved one or being seriously injured when you are on foot and at your most vulnerable can have dire consequences for you and your family. Distracted driving or driving too fast in urban areas of Houston where a negligent driver is more likely to hit a pedestrian should not be tolerated and must be punished. That is what the pedestrian accident lawyers at the Lassiter Law firm will do by proving this negligence and then your injuries will be taken care of and any pain and suffering due to this accident will be compensated for.


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