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|Pedestrian Traffic Accident
|There were over 70,000 pedestrians injured in traffic
accidents in 2007.
As should be expected, when cars collide with pedestrians, there is an immense potential
for injury or even death. This is mainly due to the tremendous disparity between the size of
an average pedestrian and a motor vehicle.
Pedestrian accidents in the United States account for about 5,000 deaths every year and
60,000 to 70,000 more injuries.
Driver negligence is often to blame for accidents resulting in pedestrian injury or death.
Drivers may fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks or violate a traffic
signal before colliding with a pedestrian. Even more pedestrians are injured every year
because of driver distraction, such as talking on a cell phone or text messaging.
And while in many cases, drivers may be responsible for a pedestrian collision,
pedestrians can also cause traffic accidents. Pedestrians may step off a curb unexpectedly
or cross a street outside a crosswalk. Drivers may have a difficult time seeing pedestrians
due to their clothing choices or poor lighting conditions at the time of the crash.
Pedestrian traffic accident reconstruction can be one of the most demanding tasks facing
any expert reconstructionist today. Often, pedestrian crashes involve diminutive scene
evidence and marginal witness accounts.
Yet despite the challenges that pedestrian accident reconstruction poses, our experts are
generally able to determine the speed of the striking vehicle and opine on whether or not a
motorist was following proper lookout. We accomplish all these points through peer
reviewed and scientifically validated methodologies.
Generally, calculating the impact speed of a striking vehicle is contingent
upon skid marks or pedestrian projection distance. Projection distance
refers to the distance that a pedestrian is thrown from impact to final rest.
Our accident reconstruction experts can utilize both theoretically and
empirically derived formulas to determine speed.
Each year the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiles all
types of statistics on pedestrian traffic
accidents. To read NHTSA's 2007
summary of pedestrian crashes, please
Pedestrian warning signs come in a
variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Most
appear at intersections or designated
crosswalks. Our accident reconstruction
experts always include an assessment of
pedestrian signs in our analysis.
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Pedestrian crashes are most prevalent during morning and afternoon peak periods, when
the traffic levels are highest. However, pedestrian crashes that result in a fatal injury
typically peak later in the day, between 5 and 11 p.m., where darkness and alcohol use are
factors. In 2003, NHTSA reported that 54 percent of the pedestrian fatalities occurred
between 4 p.m. and midnight.
When our accident reconstruction experts examine a collision, it often becomes necessary
to identify how far in advance a motorist could have reasonably identified a pedestrian as a
hazard requiring a response. A motorist’s ability to recognize a pedestrian is sometimes
hindered by headlamp projection distance, poor environmental lighting, or reduced
contrast of the pedestrian with his surroundings.
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