For pedestrians, being hit by a car can be especially dangerous. Whether someone is simply walking down the sidewalk and a car veers off of the road or a driver fails to notice someone who is using a crosswalk, these accidents happen in various ways. Sadly, some of them prove fatal and far too many people pass away in pedestrian accidents each year. Whether you have a child who walks to school or you walk for any reason, understanding the prevalence of these fatal accidents may be useful. In Broomfield, and across Colorado, pedestrian safety is very important.
Over the course of 2015, more than 5,300 pedestrians passed away, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Moreover, one-fifth of kids who were younger than 15 years old and died in a traffic accident were pedestrians. Also, 19 percent of pedestrian fatalities were among pedestrians who were 65 or older. Based on averages from 2015, a pedestrian loses his or her life once per 1.6 hours.
Even when pedestrians survive being struck by a vehicle, injuries can shatter their lives in many ways. Whether they cannot carry out their duties at work, have severe physical pain, or cannot pay medical costs, these injuries are often devastating. Throughout 2015, emergency rooms treated nearly 129,000 pedestrians for injuries they sustained after being hit by a vehicle. If you were hit by a car or truck while walking, or one of your loved ones is a pedestrian accident victim, you should look into any resources that might help you move on after the accident.