If you enjoy walking outdoors in Washington, you should learn more about the factors increasing the rates of pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian deaths had declined from 1994 through 2009 when they hit the low point of 4,109 fatalities. However, pedestrian deaths increased by over 50% between 2009 and 2019. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that over 7,600 pedestrians may have died during 2019.
Environmental factors in pedestrian accidents
More than 6,200 pedestrian traffic-related deaths were recorded in 2019, accounting for over 17% of all traffic deaths, which is a stark increase from the 10.9% recorded in 2004. The National Safety Council shows that 82% of the traffic-related deaths occurred in urban areas, and 80% occurred after sunset. Over 70% occurred on the open road rather than at an intersection. The number of fatal pedestrian accidents each week typically peaks on Saturdays.
Likely victims in pedestrian accidents
Pedestrian deaths account for over 20% of the road fatalities suffered by people between the ages of 45 and 70. From ages 25 through 44, pedestrian deaths account for at least 15% of all traffic fatalities. Alcohol impairment was involved in 42% of the pedestrian deaths reported in 2018. The victim is struck by the front of the vehicle in nearly 85% of all fatal accidents involving pedestrians.
Recovering from a pedestrian accident
If you are the victim of an accident, reach out to legal counsel immediately. A lawyer may help guide you through the process of filing a claim and communicate with local authorities while you recover from the accident. Legal counsel may gather evidence and work to help you negotiate a settlement that covers your medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.