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We’re the Voice for Injured Pedestrians

In 2016, 463 pedestrians were involved in accidents in Shelby County. That’s up from 435 in 2015 and 379 in 2014[1]. This spike was part of a larger trend at the national level. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents rose 10%[2]. The Governors Highway Safety Association says this recent spike could be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Increased car travel, potentially due to a strengthening economy and drops in gas prices.
  • Increased cell phone use while driving.
  • Increase in the number of people who opt to walk, due to a recent emphasis on walking for health, to save on travel costs, and to protect the environment.
  • More people to opt for walking home after drinking. Being intoxicated and walking near/across busy roads can be just as dangerous as driving.

Tennessee isn’t one of the worst offenders when it comes to per capita pedestrian accident rates. The most dangerous states for pedestrians are Florida, Arizona, Delaware, South Carolina, and Mississippi.

Crosswalk Accidents

While most pedestrian accidents occur at non-intersections, many also happen at crosswalks. Pedestrians have the right of way at these crosswalks, provided they are not crossing the street while the red hand or “don’t walk” sign is illuminated. Pedestrians also have the right of way at intersections with stop signs. While some pedestrian accidents occur because of jaywalking (or crossing the street at the wrong time), many others occur even when pedestrians are following all the rules of the road.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes[3]. Pedestrian traffic fatalities comprise about 14% of total traffic fatalities in the United States. The NHTSA also released data showing that:

  • Most pedestrian accidents occur at night (between 9pm and midnight)
  • Most pedestrian accidents occur at non-intersections (69%)
  • Most pedestrian accidents happen in urban areas (73%)

In many cases, pedestrians have the ability to seek civil action against the at-fault party. If you or a loved one was involved in this type of accident, we encourage you to contact the Memphis pedestrian accident lawyers at Reaves Law Firm. We will provide you with a free initial consultation.

Resources


[1] https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/safety/attachments/Pedestrians.pdf

[2] https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/03/08/pedestrian-fatalities-rising-faster-than-ever-before-study-says/AjfBkW7WPhKsvvbwweL7UP/story.html

[3] https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812124

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