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In pedestrian accidents, a little speed makes a big difference

It's no secret that speeding can cause serious or even fatal auto accidents, but it's not just the people in vehicles that are at risk. Pedestrians can be injured or killed by speeding drivers, as well.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has researched the effects that speed and other factors have on the severity of pedestrian accidents. As you might guess, there's a direct correlation between the speed of the car and the level of injury. For every mile per hour faster the car is traveling, the risk of injury to the pedestrian struck by that car rises.

For example, a car moving at 5 mph means a 1 percent chance of pedestrian death, while a car moving at 40 mph raises that risk to just over 40 percent for the average victim. At 60 mph, the risk is 93 percent.

That is a serious difference, but there is more to the equation than just the risk of death. Non-fatal injuries rise exponentially, too, because the faster the car is traveling, the more damage is done to the body if a pedestrian is struck.

But there's another significant factor in the injury and fatality rates among these accidents: the age of the person on foot. The older the pedestrian, the higher the risk of serious injury or death. For example, let's say a 30-year-old person is struck in a crosswalk by a car traveling at 40 mph. That pedestrian has a 36 percent chance of dying in the crash. Now imagine that 30-year-old is walking with his 70-year-old aunt. Assuming the car hits them both at the same speed, the aunt's risk of dying is 70 percent -- twice the risk of her 30-year-old nephew.

It's also worth noting that there's a certain speed at which a vehicle is significantly more likely to kill even young, healthy pedestrians -- right around 25 mph. It's a frightening thought, considering how many drivers routinely go more than 5 mph over any speed limit,

Being injured in a car accident, especially as a pedestrian, can be life-changing when it's not fatal. If you have been injured by a car, or if you have lost a loved one who was involved in a pedestrian-car accident, you'll need the help of an attorney to receive adequate compensation. Choose a personal injury lawyer who understands what you've been through and has the knowledge and experience to obtain the justice you deserve.

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