Ventura County Pedestrian Accidents Statistics
Over the past 15 years, more than 1,100 people have been severely injured in pedestrian accidents in Ventura County. In 2007 alone, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 11 people were killed due to pedestrian accidents in Ventura County while another 40 suffered injuries severe enough to require hospitalization. These statistics are not uncommon. Pedestrian accidents are a frequent occurrence and can have disastrous consequences for their victims.
Those who are injured in pedestrian accidents are far more likely to suffer injury or death than those who are involved in motor vehicle crashes. That is because pedestrians are remarkably vulnerable. Drivers are more distracted than ever, and inattention, failure to yield right of way and DUIs are all listed by the NHTSA as some of the top contributing factors in pedestrian crashes. Children darting into or playing in the road as well as older adults crossing improperly are at a higher risk of suffering pedestrian accidents and, in fact, are disproportionately represented in the statistics both in Ventura County and across the U.S.
The severity of injuries associated with pedestrian accidents can result in a lifetime of medical bills. Spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures and internal injuries are all common after pedestrian accidents.
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