The Sad Reality of Pedestrian Accidents

The Sad Reality of Pedestrian Accidents

A total of 6,516 pedestrian deaths occurred in 2020. Pedestrian fatalities increased 4 percent from 2019, and account for 17 percent of all crash fatalities. Although pedestrian deaths were 13 percent lower in 2020 than in 1975, they have increased 59 percent since reaching their lowest point in 2009.

Who is getting killed in pedestrian accidents?

A detailed breakdown of the age, gender, and location of pedestrian crash victims is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) fact sheets. Some of the alarming statistics are:

  • 82% of pedestrian deaths in 2020 occurred in urban areas, up from 73 % in 2016.
  • 26% of pedestrian deaths in 2020 occurred in crashes between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and 25 % occurred between 9 p.m. and midnight.
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed nearly every 1.34 hours in traffic crashes in 2020.
  • 39% of pedestrian deaths among people 70 and older in 2020 occurred at intersections, compared with 21% for those ages 20-69.
  • In urban areas, 49% of pedestrian deaths in 2020 occurred on roads with speed limits of 40 mph or less; in rural areas, 17% of deaths occurred on such roads.

Unfortunately, New York is very well represented in these statistics. Approximately one-fourth of all pedestrian deaths take place in California, Florida, Texas Georgia and  New York.  The PBIC reports that 41 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. (but only 5 percent of all traffic fatalities) occurred in those five states.

Vehicles with Advanced Emergency Braking Systems are FAILING to detect Pedestrians Under Certain Conditions

Let Us Make Justice Work for You

If you were seriously injured while out and about on foot in New York City or elsewhere in our state, you’ll likely face a long, uphill battle of recovery. If you lost a family member in a fatal pedestrian accident, you may be plagued with questions of “Why?” as well as grappling with expenses and practical losses that go along with the emotional pain of losing a husband, wife, mother, father, son or daughter in an accidental death.

Attorneys at RGLZ have decades of experience, and a track record of numerous favorable outcomes for pedestrian accident victims in New York. We are prepared to fight to ensure that you receive all available compensation, at maximum levels. This compensation can help you cope with the expenses and losses associated with a serious injury such as a shoulder or knee injury, a broken leg, a brain injury or a spinal cord injury.

All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no fees to us unless we recover compensation for you. To schedule a free consultation with a Suffolk County personal injury lawyer at RGLZ, call 866-639-5567 or contact us by e-mail. We’ll make justice work for you.


figure walking on white lined crosswalk, near a car

Pedestrian crossing street in danger of being hit by car

What does a typical pedestrian accident case look like?

The most common pedestrian accident involves a pedestrian crossing a street in a walkway/crosswalk and being struck by a motor vehicle. Injuries can be very severe with even a lower impact accident.

What should I do if I’m injured in a pedestrian accident?

The pedestrian who is struck by a car turning in front of him/her needs to attempt to document the incident as best as can possibly be done. This includes taking photos, or having someone take them on behalf of the pedestrian; identifying all witnesses to the incident; calling the police; determining where in the intersection the impact took place; verifying that the walk/do not walk sign was working at the time; and notifying the insurance carrier for the driver of the incident, since the carrier is responsible for the injured party’s bills under the no-fault law in NY.

For more pedestrian crash facts & Safety info, check with these organizations and resources:

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