Pick-up Truck Causes Pedestrian Accident
A man wandering in the road, near Columbia Park Trail in Richland, and was struck by a truck going eastbound. According to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, someone had reported seeing the man walking down the middle of the road, just moments before he was hit by a 2005 Dodge Ram Pick-up.
The driver stayed with the victim as emergency responders arrived. The injured man was then transported to a local hospital, where he is being treated for head trauma, according to the Sheriff’s office. No one knows why the pedestrian was in the road. The police are still investigating this incident. http://keprtv.com/news/local/police-are-investigating-a-crash-after-a-car-hits-a-pedestrian-on-columbia-park-trail
Sharing the Road with Pedestrians
A pedestrian, defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down. For classification purposes, they include anyone not inside of a motor vehicle that is involved in a traffic accident. Traffic crash or accidents are defined as an incident that involves one or more vehicles where at least one vehicle is in motion and the crash originates in a public area or roadway.
It’s generally understood that pedestrians and drivers share the road, with every driver being a pedestrian at some point along the way, each and every day. Here are some things to keep in mind, no matter which side of the wheel you on, as every person has a responsibility to be safe and law-abiding in their journeys together.
Many of these safety admonishments may seem a bit obvious. Yet in the NHTSA studies from 2012, 90 percent
of the pedestrians who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes only involved a single motor vehicle.
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable to any type of vehicle collision. They make up approximately 14% of all motor vehicle fatalities and 3% of traffic accident injuries. https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety
Who’s at risk?
Pedestrians of all ages are at risk for injury when it comes to roadway crashes, but some hold greater risk.
- Male pedestrians are more likely to die or be injured in a motor vehicle crash than females.
- Teen and young adult (ages 15-29 years) pedestrians are more likely to be treated in emergency departments for crash-related injuries.
- The rate of pedestrian death generally increases with age.
- In 2013, 34% of all vehicle-pedestrian fatalities had a blood alcohol concentration greater than or equal to 0.08 grams per deciliter. https://www.cdc.gov/features/pedestriansafety/index.html
As we stay alert in our communities and surroundings, the chances for pedestrian vs. vehicle crashes should decrease.
Here to Help
Not all accidents are avoidable, but keeping these tips in mind can help us be safer drivers and pedestrians.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a vehicle or pedestrian accident, contact Fielding Law Group today, for a free consultation of your case. Our expert legal team can help you recover and receive the compensation you are entitled to. Remember–Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!
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