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Pedestrian Injury

Pedestrian injuries are unfortunately common and serious. 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the US in 2017 – that’s about 1 every 88 minutes. An estimated 137,000 pedestrians were taken to an ER for nonfatal injuries. Further, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.

Certain pedestrians are at higher risk of being injured – Pedestrians over the age of 65 made up approximately 20% of deaths and about 20% of all children under 15 who dies in a traffic accident were pedestrians. Approximately half of all pedestrian deaths involved alcohol for either the driver or pedestrian – about 1/3 occurred with a pedestrian whose blood alcohol was over the legal limit, and almost 20% involved a driver with a blood alcohol over the legal limit.

Further, other factors increase the risk of pedestrian injury such as: higher vehicle speeds increase, urban areas, non-intersection locations, and at nighttime travel.

To decrease your risk of injury as a pedestrian you can: Increase your visibility, carrying a light, use an emergency torch, wearing reflective clothing, cross only at a designated crosswalks and intersections, avoid crossing highways, use sidewalks, walk facing traffic if a sidewalk or path is not available, avoid distractions such as phones or other electronic devices, and avoid walking if you have been using alcohol or drugs.

However, if you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident contact one of our Ellijay Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorneys today and let us start fighting for you.

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