Pedestrians in New Jersey and throughout the country are over-represented in crash data, according to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly 15 percent of all traffic-related fatalities involve pedestrians.
According to the NHTSA, 4,884 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in 2014. Another 65,000 people were injured in such accidents. These numbers may even be underrepresented because not all accidents are reported to police. Most accidents occur in urban areas and involve male victims. Many pedestrians who are killed have a blood alcohol concentration at or above the legal limit. California, Florida and Texas had the highest number of total pedestrian fatalities in 2014.
There are many ways that individuals can be harmed in a pedestrian accident. Approximately 24 percent of these accidents are the result of tripping on a cracked or uneven sidewalk while another 17 percent are due to basic trips. Approximately 12 percent of the accidents involve a pedestrian getting hit by a car. Tripping on a stone accounts for 5 percent of the accidents while stepping in a hole accounts for another 5 percent. Animals are involved in 6 percent of the accidents.
Individuals who have been injured in pedestrian accidents may choose to contact a personal injury lawyer if someone else is to blame for their injuries. A personal injury lawyer may be able to assess which defendants may be legally responsible for the injuries. The attorney may explain the victim’s rights and provide information about options for recovering damages.