Fatal accidents involving a car and a pedestrian accounted for 14 percent of crash-related fatalities in the state of Utah in the year 2011, reaching the highest rate since 2002. Fatal crashes have increased by 15 percent over that time. The Utah Department of Public Safety recently released its annual crash report, breaking down incidents, injuries and fatalities on the road. In 2011, 866 pedestrians were struck by motor vehicles, 770 of which were injured. 32 of those were killed. Auto pedestrian accidents were almost 11 times more likely to result in a death than any other kind of crash. The highest rate of accidents occurred during the 5 p.m. hour, and were most likely between noon and 9 p.m. Those most vulnerable to accidents during the time period were pedestrians aged 10-19 years old. Drivers were most likely to be in the range of 20-29, followed by 15-19 years old, though the driver age was unknown in over 15 percent of accidents. The report found that 57 percent of drivers were under 40 years old, while 56 percent of pedestrians in crashes were under 25 years old.
1LAW would like to keep drivers and pedestrians as safe as possible please look out for one another on the road. If you do fall victim to a an injury in a accident please contact 1LAW so we can help you with any personal injury case you may have.