Spring is just around the corner and as the weather warms up, we need to be more aware of pedestrians sharing the roads with motor vehicles.
When pedestrian activity increases, unfortunately so do pedestrian accidents. Last year alone we reached an all-time high in Ohio and nationwide for pedestrian fatalities!
This recent surge in deaths called for a closer look into pedestrian safety throughout the U.S. It’s time for drivers and pedestrians alike to take note of these frightening statistics for 2015.
There were 56 pedestrian fatalities in Ohio and 2,368 killed nationwide between January and August of 2015.
I know I’m not alone in thinking that this number is much too high for our Ohio communities as well as our nation. It is a disheartening thought that over 2,000 people never made it back home to their families when many of these deaths could have been prevented!
We often associate pedestrian accidents as events that happen in or right outside crosswalk areas; however, the overall number of these deaths account for multiple scenarios.
Pedestrian injuries can happen in several instances:
- Hit inside or outside of a crosswalk
- Hit on a sidewalk
- Attending a broken down vehicle on the side of a freeway
- Construction crew workers struck by passing vehicles
Pedestrian accident fatalities occurring from these types of scenarios account for almost 15% of traffic fatalities!
Three-quarters of accidents involving pedestrians occur at night time and simultaneously, a large number of the fatalities involved alcohol.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Associated data confirmed that blood alcohol content was either at the legal limit or higher— in both pedestrians and drivers!
Make Them Pay
If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident, call me for a free consultation today. I will work to fight for your justice and Make Them Pay.
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.