Fatal pedestrian accidents are on the rise across the nation. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association estimated that the number of individuals on foot killed in traffic increased by 10% between 2014 and 2015. This association developed this figure by looking at the number of fatalities for the first 6 months of 2014 and comparing it with the first 6 months of 2015. Total data for 2015 is not yet available.
The study analyzed state by state statistics and determined that pedestrian deaths have increased in 26 states. Tragic pedestrian accidents can claim the lives of victims or leave victims with serious injuries. If you have sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident because of a driver who was not paying attention, you may be required to go through multiple medical treatments including surgeries and physical therapy in order to address the underlying issues. It is never easy to recover after an accident like this because pedestrians tend to sustain the most severe injuries in accidents involving cars.
Some of the most common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spine and neck pain
- Shoulder pain
Many of these may come in the form of disabilities that continue to impact you for years to come. You may be unable to return to work or even to enjoy activities that were part of your daily life before the accident.