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As speed increases, pedestrian fatalities are more common

Sometimes, walking is dangerous. There are hazards to face every day, like crossing a busy road or walking alongside traffic. Car crashes can quickly put a pedestrian in the hospital or cause mortal injuries.

One major factor that plays a role in the extent of a pedestrian's injuries is how fast the vehicle was traveling at the point of impact. The weight of the vehicle also plays a role, so for this data, the vehicle being discussed is a passenger vehicle like a car or light-weight truck. Here are a few facts about different speeds and your likelihood of surviving a pedestrian accident.

1. Under 10 mph

When a vehicle impacts a person at under 10 mph, it's 99.5 percent likely that the person will survive based on data including pedestrians ages 15 and older.

2. Between 10 and 20 mph

Between 10 and 20 mph, there is a 97.7 percent change of an injury but only a 2.3 percent chance of a fatality.

3. Between 20 and 30 mph

Between 20 and 30 mph, there is a 15 percent chance of a pedestrian dying in a crash.

4. Between 30 and 40 mph

Between 30 and 40 mph, pedestrians have a 35.4 percent chance of death.

5. Over 40 mph

When a vehicle travels over 40 mph, there is at least a 54.6 percent chance of death based on past data.

As speed increases, the number of times more likely you are to die in a pedestrian accident increases exponentially. While slow-speed accidents are more likely to cause injuries, as soon as drivers go around 20 to 30 mph, the chance of death jumps. For that reason, many neighborhoods and school zones limit speeds to 25 mph or less.

If you or your child are impacted by a driver, you could be facing serious injuries and long-term medical needs. Your attorney can help you file a lawsuit so you can get the compensation you need for the medical treatments you require.

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