When pedestrians take to the road, they may face a number of threats, such as drunk drivers, hit-and-run accidents and distracted drivers, to name a few. Unfortunately, in Providence, Rhode Island, and across the country, pedestrian accidents can result in a wide variety of problems for victims, including serious injuries, death, brain damage, a neck injury and mental trauma. Furthermore, families who lose a loved one may have no idea of what to do next. As a result, it is crucial for people who are facing these hardships to explore every option and remain committed to moving forward.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,743 pedestrians died in a pedestrian accident in 2012. Furthermore, the CDC reports that 76,000 pedestrians suffered injuries in traffic accidents across the country in 2012. At this rate, an average of one pedestrian loses their life every two hours and pedestrians are injured in accidents every seven minutes. Sadly, pedestrians face a significantly greater risk of death than those who are riding in passenger vehicles during every trip.
On their website, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers additional information which reveals how many people are killed or injured in pedestrian accidents. The NHTSA says that in 2011, pedestrians were among a small number of groups of people who use the road to actually see an increase in the number of deaths. The NHTSA also reports that 11,000 pedestrians under the age of 14 were injured in 2009, which shows how important it is for drivers to watch out for children and remain aware at all times.