Over the past ten years, the number of deaths as a result of pedestrian accidents increased drastically. With each new year, this number grows higher and higher. The question is why are so many pedestrians killed each year?
To understand the question, we have to analyze what is going on on the roads across the country. The answer lies in the following reasons.
More Distracted Drivers Than Ever Before
As you may know, distractions are the number one cause of car accidents. Every day, hundreds of people end up injured and some of them end up dead as a result of distractions. If a pedestrian is hit by a distracted driver, the chances are that the pedestrian will get seriously injured or dead as a result of the injuries.
If you are living in Virginia, you are probably aware of the dangers of the road and how many car accidents occur on a daily basis. If you ever get involved in an accident, consult with our Virginia personal injury attorneys and seek their help in obtaining compensation for your injuries.
As long as someone else caused the accident, you are eligible to obtain compensation for:
- Your medical bills
- Your pain and suffering
- Your lost wages
- Other benefits
Call us today to find out more about your legal options.
Every road has a speed limit. Depending on the type of the road or the location that it goes through, the speed limit will change. However, one thing is certain: if a pedestrian is hit by a speeding vehicle, the chances of survival are minimal. It is the speed that kills. If a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle going 20 miles per hour, a pedestrian has a 10 percent chance of dying. However, if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle going 40 miles per hour or more, that pedestrian has over 80 percent chance of dying due to the force of the impact.
Most streets have speed limitations between 25 and 30 miles per hour. If you ever get hit by a speeding car and survive, your best shot at obtaining compensation for your injuries is legal help. Contact lawyers right away and schedule your free consultation today.
Drunk Driving and Reckless Pedestrians
Other reasons why the rate of death increases each year in pedestrian accidents are related to drunk driving, and reckless pedestrians.
If an intoxicated person sits behind the wheel, the chances of causing an accident increase by 300 percent. At the same time, if an intoxicated pedestrian wonders the streets, the chances of getting hit by a vehicle are extremely high.
There are many pedestrians who like crossing the street “wherever they please”. Any injury that occurs outside of the crosswalk is on the pedestrian, and the driver may not even be responsible for causing the accident.
As long as it continues to be so, there will be a constant rising in pedestrian deaths each year.