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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

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The Parrish Law Firm discusses the common causes of pedestrian accidents and precautions every person should take when walking in areas where vehicles are involved.

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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

  1. 1. Common Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents Presented by The Parrish Law Firm
  2. 2. 5000 pedestrians are killed 84000 pedestrians are injured Every Year
  3. 3. Pedestrian accidents make up 11% Of all motor vehicle accidents 180000 Pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents Between 1975 and 2005
  4. 4. Most pedestrian deaths occurMost pedestrian deaths occur because of traumatic brain injurybecause of traumatic brain injury caused by the impact of thecaused by the impact of the person's head against theperson's head against the hood or windshield ofhood or windshield of the strikingthe striking vehicle.vehicle.
  5. 5. Many of the non-fatal injuriesMany of the non-fatal injuries reported by pedestrians followingreported by pedestrians following a crash with a motor vehiclea crash with a motor vehicle involve damage toinvolve damage to the lower limbs.the lower limbs.
  6. 6. Factors involving pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles include: Drug or Alcohol Impairment Location Time of Day
  7. 7. In 2003 46% of pedestrian casualties involved inebriation by either the driver or the pedestrian. Of that figure 34% of the pedestrians had been legally intoxicated at the time of the crash.
  8. 8. Pedestrian crashes typically occur during the late afternoon and early evening hours presumably because of the reduced levels of visibility at a time when many people are on the road.
  9. 9. About 72% of the annually reported crashes occurAbout 72% of the annually reported crashes occur in urban regions with significantly higher rates ofin urban regions with significantly higher rates of incidents taking place atincidents taking place at placesplaces otherother than crosswalks.than crosswalks.
  10. 10. Although this type of accident may be the fault of the pedestrian, it is far more common for the blame to lie with the driver's negligence. Common types of driver negligence include: -Distracted driving -Speeding -Failing to stop at a pedestrian crosswalk -Driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit or after taking drugs
  11. 11. For more information, please visit www.theparrishlawfirm.com
  12. 12. James R Parrish is a former partner in oneJames R Parrish is a former partner in one of the oldest trial law firms in Northernof the oldest trial law firms in Northern Virginia, whose members included one ofVirginia, whose members included one of the original judges of the Virginia Court ofthe original judges of the Virginia Court of Appeals and three members of theAppeals and three members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which isAmerican College of Trial Lawyers, which is widely recognized as the most select groupwidely recognized as the most select group of trial lawyers in the nation. Mr. Parrishof trial lawyers in the nation. Mr. Parrish has published two consumer guides, Thehas published two consumer guides, The Virginia Car Accident Guide and TheVirginia Car Accident Guide and The Virginia Dog Bite Book.Virginia Dog Bite Book. Mr. Parrish is the founding and principalMr. Parrish is the founding and principal attorney of The Parrish Law Firm, a Virginiaattorney of The Parrish Law Firm, a Virginia law firm with a successful track record inlaw firm with a successful track record in winning personal injury cases andwinning personal injury cases and defending those charged with trafficdefending those charged with traffic violations or DWI.violations or DWI. ABOUTABOUT

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