Pedestrians in wheelchairs should be as safe as the general population while traveling throughout their communities, but unfortunately, they are a third more likely to be killed in traffic accidents.
Accident Statistics Concerning Pedestrians in Wheelchairs
According to a recent study conducted by Georgetown University, pedestrians who use wheelchairs were found to be approximately 36 percent more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than pedestrians who are not wheelchair users.
- Men who use wheelchairs are five times more likely to be killed in automobile vs. pedestrian crashes than women who use wheelchairs; men aged 50 to 64 are at the greatest risk.
- Over half of fatal automobile versus pedestrian accidents involving wheelchair users take place at intersections; in four out of 10 of such cases, the flow of traffic was not properly regulated.
Very little data has been recorded regarding wheelchair users involved in fatal automobile versus pedestrian accidents.
In order to determine the number of accidents involving pedestrian wheelchair users, researchers analyzed news stories and data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which is compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration using information from police reports.
Using this information, researchers determined that approximately 528 deaths occurred among pedestrians using wheelchairs in the U.S. from 2006 to 2012.
Community Improvements Necessary
In order to ensure the safety of pedestrians who use wheelchairs, communities must be designed to allow wheelchair users safe access when traveling. All infrastructure should be designed and built in order to meet the requirements set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Have you or a loved one been hit by a car in a pedestrian accident? If so, contact Peterson & Associates, P.C.™ today for a free consultation. We will fight to recover the compensation you deserve.