Important pedestrian injury statistics for New Jersey residents

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a pedestrian was killed in a motor vehicle accident every two hours. Furthermore, a pedestrian was injured in a traffic accident every seven minutes. A pedestrian in a motor vehicle accident is broadly defined as anyone who was running, walking or any person generally on foot who was involved in an accident.

According to the NHTSA study, in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed, which represents a 6 percent increase from 2011. It was also the highest number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in the past five years. Overall, pedestrians accounted for 14 percent of those killed in car crashes and 3 percent of all people injured in car crashes. Car accident statistics do not include any accidents that took place on private property such as driveways or parking lots.

The percentage of pedestrians as a total of all traffic fatalities has increased since 2003 when pedestrians made up only 11 percent of traffic accident fatalities. This contrasts with the decline in overall fatalities from 42,884 in 2003 to 33,561 in 2012. However, the number of pedestrian fatalities each year has remained relatively steady between the years of 2003 and 2012.

Pedestrians who are injured in an auto accident may wish to hire a personal injury attorney. Having legal counsel may make it easier to file the case in a timely manner or negotiate a settlement outside of court. If successful, it may be possible to win compensation for medical bills or lost wages. It may also be possible to win punitive damages as well to compensate for the general negligence of the driver who caused the crash.

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