From motorcycle collisions to large truck crashes, there are many different types of traffic accidents, and these collisions can prove fatal. Sadly, people may be killed in a traffic accident even if they are not driving or riding in a vehicle. For example, bicyclists and pedestrians face serious risks, even if they follow all safety guidelines and do all that they can to avoid an accident. Each year, many pedestrians are hurt and killed in accidents that occur across the state of Indiana.
According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5,300 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in the U.S. during 2015. Throughout 2015, nearly 129,000 received treatment in an emergency department for pedestrian accident injuries as well. At this rate, a pedestrian life is claimed per 1.6 hours. Moreover, the likelihood of a pedestrian passing away in a motor vehicle collision is 1.5 times greater than the chances of a passenger vehicle occupant losing his or her life in a crash.
Clearly, a staggering number of pedestrians have passed away in traffic wrecks, and far more have sustained serious injuries that require medical attention. These accidents continue to shatter lives on a daily basis and there are many reasons why pedestrians find themselves in this tough position, whether someone gets behind the wheel while drinking or drives around in a rush because they are late for work. Unfortunately, pedestrians are particularly vulnerable when they are involved in a traffic incident and it is pivotal for the victims of these accidents to recognize their legal rights.