There are various causes that can lead to an accident involving pedestrians. The most common causes for pedestrian injuries include:
- a driver's failure to stop at a cross walk or yield to the pedestrian's right of way
- drivers driving too fast
- trying to pass up a slower vehicle
- driving in an aggressive and/or careless manner
By far, the most dangerous pedestrian accidents involve a driver who was operating their vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Common Injuries of Pedestrians Hit by Cars
Regardless of what causes the accident, pedestrian accidents are severely one-sided when it comes to who suffers the more serious injuries. Pedestrians who are hit by cars, even at a low speed, can sustain severe injuries including head and brain injuries, broken bones and many more.
There are many different types of injuries that a pedestrian may suffer after being injured by a car, motorcycle, or truck. Some of the more common injuries seen in pedestrian accident cases include:
- traumatic brain injury and other head injuries
- neck injury
- spinal injury
- broken bones
- burns, cuts, and more
Due to the lack of protection that a pedestrian naturally has, a person walking in the street or on a sidewalk is more susceptible to serious injury.
Pedestrian vs. Car Accident Statistics
According to the records of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 4,280 pedestrians killed by motor vehicles in 2010. The average number of pedestrians who died as a result of a motor vehicle going back to 2000 was 4,637 people per year.