In 2019, a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) revealed that approximately 6,227 pedestrians died as a result of being struck by motor vehicles in 2018. This is a 4% increase over the prior year and the highest mortality rate since 1990. Children remain the most frequent victims of pedestrian accidents; about one-fifth (19%) of children killed in traffic crashes are pedestrians.
We are all pedestrians at one point, and we are all vulnerable to serious injury or death as a result of being struck by a car, truck, bus, truck or commercial vehicle. Pedestrians may also include police officers, construction workers, firefighters and roadside assistance volunteers who must work on our roadways as part of their job.
Each year in Ohio, more than 100 pedestrians are killed in devastating accidents while walking to school or work, exercising, walking across a parking lot or simply crossing the street. In 2017, there were 144 pedestrian fatalities in Ohio. The majority of pedestrian accident deaths (75%) happen at night and away from intersections. The Dayton Daily News reported that from 2008 to 2017, the number of nighttime pedestrian fatalities increased by 45 percent, compared to an 11 percent increase in daytime pedestrian fatalities.
Numerous theories exist regarding the uptick in pedestrian accident injuries and fatalities in Ohio. Experts point to the decline in pedestrian deaths until 2009 when smartphone sales and data usage increased substantially. Along with distracted driving, increased numbers of SUVs on the road could also be a contributing factor. From 2013 to 2017, the number of pedestrian accident deaths involving SUVs increased 50%. SUVs are larger and heavier than cars, and more likely to strike people in the head and torso, resulting in catastrophic injuries. Common injuries in a pedestrian accident include:
Head injuries / concussions;
Spinal cord injuries;
Lacerations, dislocations, and sprains; and
Without the protection of the walls of a vehicle or even a helmet, pedestrians are extremely susceptible to catastrophic or fatal injury in any collision. Accidents may result in loss of earning capacity, permanent disability, and lifelong pain and suffering. When a pedestrian accident is caused by a reckless or negligent driver, injured victims and their families may be entitled to financial compensation in a personal injury claim. Damages recovered may include medical expenses, lost wages, and other related expenses.
Following an accident, an attorney can help you understand rights and options. GBM Law has been protecting the rights of Ohioans for more than 30 years, helping people recover the compensation they are entitled to in personal injury claims. Our skilled Ohio pedestrian accident lawyers understand the seriousness of traffic accident injuries and how they affect individuals and families, physically, emotionally and financially. If you would like a free consultation to discuss your rights to compensation in an Ohio personal injury lawsuit, contact our team today. We are available 7 days a week to answer your questions and review your potential case. We look forward to speaking with you.