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The faster the speed, the worse the injuries in a pedestrian crash

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As a pedestrian, you deserve the same courtesy as any other road user. Drivers should look for you and make sure not to turn into the crosswalk or back into you as you use a sidewalk.

Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and they can cause serious, lasting damage. You could have injuries that lead you temporarily or permanently disabled after being hit by a car or truck.

Speed makes a difference in pedestrian accidents

You may have assumed this, but it’s true that speed makes a difference in pedestrian accidents. Getting hit at 5 or 10 mph, for example, creates a very low risk of being seriously hurt at all. As speeds increase, however, the risk of injury goes up exponentially.

What’s the risk of death as speeds increase?

As the speed of the vehicle increases, your risk of fatal injuries does, too. According to researchers:

  • You have a 10% risk of death at 23 mph.
  • There is a 25% risk of death at 32 mph.
  • At 42 mph, the risk of death jumps to 50%.
  • At 58 mph, the risk of death is 90%.

As you can see, the increased risk is not linear. On top of the risk increased by speed, you also have to consider that age and health could play a role as well. Someone who is 30 is going to be much more likely to survive a higher-speed crash than someone in their 70s or 80s, for example.

Higher speeds put pedestrians at the greatest risk

As speeds increase, you’re always put at a higher risk of getting hurt or killed. As a pedestrian, it is valuable for you to consider walking in places where you know the speed limits are reduced or that there are speed bumps to prevent high speeds. Walking in neighborhoods is safer than being on the highway as a pedestrian, as an example.

Still, you cannot prevent every accident. If you are injured in an auto collision, know that you have rights and can seek help. You deserve an opportunity to get compensation if you have been injured by a reckless or negligent driver.