Each year approximately 1.2 million people are killed in traffic fatalities around the world, and pedestrians account for about one-third of those deaths, according to recent data provided in the journal Injury Prevention. Moreover, the data revealed that most of those pedestrians killed in fatal traffic accidents are men. In fact, the pedestrian death rate for men is 2.3 times that for women.
As part of the study, the researchers went on to examine the factors that might make men more likely to be killed in a pedestrian accident than women, including walking exposure (distance walked per person/year), vehicle-pedestrian collision risk (number of collisions per distance walked), and vehicle-pedestrian collision case fatality rate (number of deaths per collision).
Only 1 percent of the difference in death rates was attributable to the distance walked, and 20 percent of the difference was attributable to an increased number of accidents among men. The remainder of the difference – almost 79% – was attributed to the fact that when there is a collision men are twice as likely to die as women. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,280 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2010, and 69 percent of those fatalities were men.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Motao Zhu, an assistant professor of epidemiology at West Virginia University, suggested that there might be two possibilities for the higher pedestrian death rate for men, stating “[m]aybe males are more likely to cross roads with speed limits higher than 50 miles per hour,” and “males may be more likely to be impaired by alcohol and drugs. Most people know it’s not safe to drive drunk, but it’s not safe to walk drunk either.”
Even in non-fatal accidents, pedestrians who are struck by a motorist often suffer serious injuries. Some of the more common injuries suffered by pedestrians who are hit by a motor vehicle accident include broken bones, particularly in the legs and feet as a result of impact with the vehicle’s bumper or hood, and traumatic brain injuries that can occur when the pedestrian’s head hits the vehicle or the road.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, or you have lost a loved one due to a pedestrian fatality, you have legal rights and remedies. Pedestrians injured in traffic accidents may be entitled to money damages for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Loved ones of pedestrians who were killed in a pedestrian accident may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices focus on representing the victims of fatal and non-fatal motor vehicle accidents in personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, or you have lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to discuss a possible personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Our Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers will vigorously advocate on your behalf in order to obtain the compensation that you need any deserve following your pedestrian accident.