What are the Odds of Getting Hit by a Car While Walking?

What are the Odds of Getting Hit by a Car While Walking?

Compared to other types of accidents, the odds of being struck by a car while traveling on foot are relatively low. The rate of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people decreased by 36 percent from 1975 to 2021. Unfortunately, when these collisions occur, the outcome is often devastating. Pedestrian accidents happen primarily in urban areas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that “there were an estimated 104,000 emergency department visits of pedestrians treated for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2020.”  

If you’ve been hurt due to the negligence of another party, our team of pedestrian accident lawyers at Ellis Law can help you recover compensation for your losses and damages. We treat every client with respect and provide unparalleled personal attention. We understand how stressful a pedestrian accident can be and how it can impact your life. Contact us for a free consultation.  

Factors That Can Increase the Odds of a Crash 

Although these accidents are uncommon, certain factors can increase the chances of being struck by a negligent motorist. The time of day is important, as most pedestrian accidents occur in low light. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that “76% of pedestrians were killed in collisions that occurred when it was dark, with another 4% occurring during dusk or dawn.”  

Further, pedestrians are more likely to be struck by a driver on or near a highway than anywhere else. Urban areas such as busy intersections are also typically more dangerous because more drivers and pedestrians cross paths in crowded and congested streets. In addition, people often walk in areas not designated for pedestrians, such as streets with narrow shoulders or no sidewalks, and drivers do not expect pedestrians. 

Why Pedestrian Accidents Are So Dangerous 

The risk of permanent injury or fatality is high if a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle. Pedestrians have little to no protection that can absorb the impact of an oncoming car or truck. A collision that might not be particularly serious between two vehicles traveling at low speeds can become life-threatening when a pedestrian is involved. The CDC reports that approximately 8,000 pedestrians are killed by motorists every year; roughly every 66 minutes, a pedestrian sustains fatal injuries after being hit by a car.  

Schedule a Free Consultation with Ellis Law 

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is wise to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Our team of Los Angeles pedestrian injury accident attorneys could help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We know what it takes to build a strong case for negligence at Ellis Law. Reach out to us as soon as possible for a free consultation. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees.