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Pedestrian Deaths are Second in Traffic Fatalities

By The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus  Feb. 23, 2012 10:36a

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, pedestrian deaths are the second highest category in car accident deaths. Occupants of vehicles comprise the leading category of traffic deaths. According to these sources, about 5,000 pedestrians lose their lives every year in the United States in traffic fatalities while another 64,000 sustain injuries. This amounts to 11 percent of deaths occurring in traffic accidents.

Pedestrian deaths occur at a much higher rate in urban areas. Approximately two thirds of all pedestrian fatalities take place on urban roads. Children and the elderly are the most likely to be injured in pedestrian accidents. Per the data from these sources, a pedestrian is subject to an 85 percent chance of death if struck by a car going 40 miles per hour. Because they are unprotected when struck, pedestrians are likely to suffer serious injuries, especially to the head, legs, and arms. According to the NHTSA, injuries result in 40 percent of pedestrian accidents due to contact with a vehicle. Contact with the ground or other objects account for injuries in the remaining percentage of such accidents.

San Fernando Valley Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured as a pedestrian in an accident in or around the San Fernando Valley in California, you can rely on the Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus for capable legal representation. The firm has been effectively representing injury victims throughout the area since 1987 and has an abundance of legal experience and ability in helping you pursue the financial compensation you deserve following a negligence-based accident.

A San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney from the firm can meet with you following such an accident in a free, initial consultation. You will want an aggressive and competent legal professional representing you with insurance companies or in the courts to ensure that your rights are fully protected and that you achieve a full and fair settlement. That is the service the firm provides with the aim of maximizing your financial recovery.

Contact a San Fernando Valley pedestrian accident lawyer at the firm today.

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