Unfortunately for a local family, another traffic fatality occurred in Louisville, this week. This accident involved a pedestrian who was crossing the street at night. Pedestrian accidents happen more that you might imagine.
As personal injury attorneys, we often help victims of car wrecks. This usually means we’re representing the driver or passenger(s) in an automobile. However, we also represent people who have been injured by cars and trucks.
According to the state police, seventy-one (71) pedestrians were killed and over 950 were injured in traffic collisions in 2015. Thirteen (13) percent of the pedestrians killed or injured were 14 years of age or younger, while 8% were age 65 or older.
Some of the most common pedestrian accidents involve people who were:
- Walking in the Roadway
- Darting into the Roadway (often children)
- Wearing Dark Clothing/Not Visible
- Crossing with the Traffic Signal
- Crossing at Intersections or in Crosswalks
- Crossing, but not at Intersections
Some of the above situations make sense as to why the collisions occur. After all, we’re drivers too. What strikes us is that “Crossing with the Traffic Signal” and “Crossing at Intersections or in Crosswalks” rank so highly.
Drivers are required to be aware of their surroundings at all times. According to the same KSP report, inattention by the driver accounted for 29% of the pedestrian accidents. Drivers who failed to yield the right of way were responsible for another 11% of the collisions with pedestrians. Both of these reasons may help explain why the incidents involving pedestrians who were crossing with the signal, at intersections or in the crosswalks is so high.
It’s important to be watchful anytime you get behind the wheel, or are walking near a roadway. While pedestrians usually have the right-of-way, it’s prudent to keep an eye out for drivers who may not see you.
Yes, we’re Louisville personal injury attorneys. The truth is, we’d rather see you in the crowd enjoying a Bats game, than meeting with you in a hospital room. Please be safe as we get ready for another summer in Kentuckiana. If you need us, Hessig & Pohl is here and ready to help.