Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Uninvited Guest Crashes Into House
A Coeur d’Alene family recently received an unexpected visitor around dinner time. A local man whom police suspected was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol crashed into their home, injuring a mother, father, and their 10-year-old daughter. The truck’s forward progress didn’t stop until it was completely inside the house, trapping the father and mother in the process. All victims lived and the assailant fled but was apprehended later.
Pedestrian-vehicle accidents common and deadly
While the intoxicated intruder above may not be the norm, motorists collide with pedestrians far too often, frequently causing injuries and death. About every two hours, a pedestrian is killed in an incident connected to a vehicle collision, with over seven pedestrians injured in vehicle accidents every hour. The numbers add up, indicating that pedestrians are one and half times more likely to be killed than occupants of cars.
As the happy hour home-wrecker above illustrates, alcohol is a major cause of pedestrian-vehicle accidents. In almost 50 percent of all fatal pedestrian-vehicle collisions, the driver or the pedestrian were impaired by alcohol. Accelerated speeds also play a role, not only elevating the number of accidents but increasing their severity.
Younger and older individuals require extra caution
Statistics clearly demonstrate that auto accidents involving pedestrians disproportionately affect older Americans, who have heightened risks for collisions. Indeed, over 50,000 adults age 65 years and older are treated each year for injuries sustained in non-fatal accidents.
On the other end of the spectrum, children are also extremely vulnerable to pedestrian-vehicle collisions. This is especially true in urban and other high density areas. In the last year for which data is available, 20 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 9 killed in auto accidents were pedestrians.
Pedestrian-vehicle collisions require sharp accident attorneys who can take Washington drivers to task for the injuries they cause. Contact Mark A. Hammer & Associates if you need representation for a pedestrian-vehicle collision.