As you may know, the speed at which you’re hit as a pedestrian plays a major role in how serious your injuries are going to be. Yes, everyone knows about the outliers, like a person hit on the highway who has nothing but a scratch or a person who is run over and can walk away, but for the most part, people have greater injuries when the car that hit them was traveling at a high speed.
Speed isn’t the only factor that plays a role in the injuries you suffer, but it’s one that you need to think about. When you choose to cross the road in a residential neighborhood, your risk of injury and death is lower (based on the 25 mph speed limit) compared to if you attempt to cross a 70 mph highway and are hit.
Speed plays a major role in the extent of crash injuries
According to a study from 2012, pedestrians have a 10% chance of death when they’re hit at only 24.1 mph. At 40.6 mph, that risk increases exponentially to 50%. What’s interesting about these figures is that the risk of injury and death is not linear. Just a few mph faster can increase risk significantly. Additionally, the age of those involved, as well as their size, can play a role in the risk of injuries or fatalities in a collision.
As an example, imagine that a 30-year-old person is hit by a car at 24.1 mph. They have a 10% chance of death. On the other hand, a 70-year-old person struck at just 12.3 mph would have a similar risk of death.
Although knowing this is something that may help you understand how injuries are related to speed and impact, something you can also take away is that you can choose routes that reduce your risk of injury. If you have the option of crossing a road that has a posted 35 mph speed limit versus crossing one at 50 mph, it’s much safer to go the route with a 35 mph speed. Using studies like these, people like yourself can make better decisions about getting from point A to point B safely.
In the end, it’s up to pedestrians and drivers to be safe on the roads. If you’re hurt as a result of a driver’s negligence or disregard for the speed limit, then you may be able to file a claim against them and seek compensation for your injuries.