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How often do pedestrian accidents occur?

When it comes to getting from one place to the next, every person has a different preference. Some may choose to take public transit such as a bus, others may choose to ride their motorcycle or bicycle, and yet some others may choose to drive a car or even walk. To have an understanding of the traffic safety facts which the U.S. Department of Transportation generates, it is important to look at how USDOT defines pedestrians when estimating the number that is injured or killed.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those who choose to walk, run, jog, hike, sit or even lie down and are involved in a traffic accident are considered pedestrians. NHTSA defines a traffic crash as an occurrence which involves one or more vehicles. Crashes can happen between pedestrians and cars or other vehicles, bicyclists and cars and even pedestrians and bicyclists.

There are times when two vehicles may make contact with each other or a vehicle may make contact with a pedestrian causing serious injuries or even death. According to the NHTSA, pedestrians are one category that has experienced an increase in fatalities. In 2012 alone, a little over 4,740 pedestrians lost their lives in the U.S., and nearly 76,000 suffered injuries. Furthermore, NHTSA estimates that about every seven minutes or so a pedestrian suffers an injury in a traffic accident or crash, and nearly every two hours at least one pedestrian is killed in an accident. Pedestrian fatalities account for about 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.

NHTSA estimated that in Arizona, an estimated 825 traffic fatalities occurred. Out of those, a little over 120 were pedestrian fatalities. In essence, pedestrian fatalities in Arizona account for about 15 percent of the state's total traffic fatalities.

Though data such as that provided by NHTSA is helpful in understanding the magnitude of the problem, for those involved in car accidents, contacting a personal injury law firm may be helpful to determine if a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Everyone is a Pedestrian," Accessed March 9, 2015

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