A Portland woman suffered critical injuries when she attempted to walk across S.E. 82nd Avenue in a marked crosswalk and was hit by two vehicles, according to new information released by the Oregon State Police (“OSP”). On January 6, 2011, OSP reported that both a Ford F-150 pickup and a Kia sedan were involved in the serious pedestrian collision, which occurred on January 3, 2011. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured woman and her family.
Official reports stated that at around 3:00 p.m., the 2004 Kia four-door was turning left from westbound Otty Road to southbound S.E. 82nd Avenue when it struck the 27-year-old pedestrian in the marked crosswalk. A Ford F-150 pickup was behind the Kia, also turning left. The Ford pickup drove to the right of the Kia which had abruptly stopped after the impact. The pickup drove over the fallen pedestrian before the Kia drove forward and over her. The Kia stopped with the pedestrian critically injured underneath.
Pedestrian Injury Accident Statistics
Pedestrian crashes are extremely dangerous—and, unfortunately, fairly common. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) statistics show that. on average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 113 minutes and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. In Oregon, data showed that almost ten percent of fatal traffic crashes involved pedestrians killed by vehicle impacts. Alcohol involvement — either for the driver or for the pedestrian — was reported in nearly one-half (47%) of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities included in the NHTSA study.
Pedestrian Traffic Safety
Surprisingly, the impacts in this collision occurred while the pedestrian was in a marked crosswalk. Most people hit by cars are struck when they cross the road at places other than intersections. Dark and dark but lighted conditions (almost two-thirds) are another environmental factor that plays a major part in pedestrian fatalities. Nighttime, especially 6 PM to midnight hours, accounts for almost 50 percent of pedestrian collisions.
Portland Car Accident Lawyer
A pedestrian traffic crash may cause extremely serious injury or even prove fatal. As an Oregon personal injury lawyer, I am dedicated to assisting the injured or their survivors in protecting legal rights and recovering compensation. Our Portland accident law firm offers a free, confidential attorney consultation. Contact us toll free at (800) 714-3204 or use our injury attorney contact form online.