Kentucky is 20th most dangerous state for pedestrians, study finds

A recent report revealed the frequency of pedestrian accidents in Kentucky.

According to a recent study, titled "Dangerous by Design 2014," pedestrians in Kentucky should be particularly cautious. The report ranked each state based on the number of pedestrian fatalities annually compared to the total number of fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents.

The researchers concluded that Kentucky ranked 20th across the country when it came to pedestrian safety. In all, almost 8,500 people were killed in Kentucky from 2003 to 2012, according to the report. Of those, 539 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in the state. In all, over 6 percent of the traffic fatalities in Kentucky were pedestrians during that decade.

Pedestrian crashes a problem across the US

From 2003 to 2012, over 47,000 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents in the United States. Those fatalities accounted for just over 12 percent of all traffic deaths in the country during that period.

According to the report, the number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents has been on the rise recently. In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in collisions in the U.S. By 2012, the number of pedestrians who died in such crashes rose to 4,743 - accounting for about 15 percent of all traffic deaths in the country that year.

Pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents are also at a high risk of suffering serious injuries in the crash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 76,000 pedestrians were injured in collisions with motor vehicles in 2012.

Those most at risk of suffering injuries or being killed in a pedestrian accident include older and younger people in the U.S. According to the CDC, pedestrians over the age of 64 account for around 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in the country. Older Americans also account for about 9 percent of those injured every year. In addition, pedestrian accidents are more likely to occur when either the motorist or the pedestrian is under the influence of alcohol.

When a negligent motorist causes a collision with a pedestrian, he or she should be held accountable for the injuries suffered by the individual on foot. Often, such injuries are substantial and require serious medical intervention. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Kentucky, take the time to talk to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. A legal professional will work to protect your interests and make certain you receive the compensation to which you may be entitled.

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