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Pedestrian accident facts

Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured and killed while walking along New York streets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic accidents in the United States resulted in 4,743 pedestrian deaths in 2012. There were also approximately 76,000 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents during that same year.

Adults who are over the age of 65 are particularly at risk for being injured or killed in a pedestrian accident. The CDC estimates that older adults account for 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths as well as 9 percent of all pedestrian injuries. Statistics from 2012 showed that children are also at a high risk of being killed in pedestrian accidents. A majority of fatal pedestrian accidents take place at night while people are walking in urban areas. Almost half of all fatal pedestrian accidents that occurred in 2012 involved a driver or a pedestrian who had been drinking.

By taking certain precautions, pedestrians can decrease their chances of being involved in an accident. The CDC recommends that pedestrians use a sidewalk whenever possible and carry flashlights while walking at night. Motorists can reduce the risk of causing a fatal pedestrian accident by driving within the posted speed limit.

Those who have sustained serious injuries in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver may lose weeks of income during their recovery period. In some cases, victims of pedestrian accidents become permanently disabled and are unable to return to their former occupations. Pedestrian accident victims may seek compensation for these financial damages by filing a personal injury claim against the responsible motorist.

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