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How many pedestrians are hurt in traffic crashes?

by | May 24, 2017 | Personal Injury

From large truck collisions to head-on accidents, traffic wrecks take many forms. However, accidents which involve a pedestrian can have an especially disastrous outcome and often result in a fatality or severe injury. If you are a pedestrian who walks in any part of New Mexico, it is essential to understand the risks and be alert at all times while walking. Sadly, these accidents happen for many reasons, such as drunk or careless drivers. If you have been struck by a negligent driver, you should immediately examine your choices and have them held responsible.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 66,000 pedestrians suffered an injury after being struck by a vehicle during 2013, according to estimates. Furthermore, pedestrian accidents during the same year also claimed more than 4,700 lives. According to statistics, these accidents were less likely to take place during daylight hours than when it is dark. Moreover, a greater number of pedestrian accidents happened on urban roads in comparison to rural roads.

Over the course of 2013, pedestrians of all ages were hurt after being struck by a vehicle. In fact, the injury rate for those aged 65 and older was 19 out of every 100,000 people. For those four and under, the rate was 10 per 100,000, while those between 20 and 24 years old had an injury rate of 54 per 100,000 people.

After sustaining an injury, it is crucial for pedestrians to do everything in their ability to recover. In addition to recovering physically, they may also need to gain access to compensation because of lost wages and medical costs.