Last week, a pedestrian was hit and injured by a vehicle in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Wednesday night at the intersection of Merrimon and W T. Weaver Boulevard in North Asheville. Very little information has been released about this pedestrian crash, but we do know that the pedestrian was taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. Initial reports indicate that the driver did stop to cooperate with authorities.
No information has been released on the pedestrian’s current condition or on the extent of injuries involved. Additionally, there has been no word on whether or not the driver involved is facing any citations. This incident could still be under investigation with local law enforcement officials.
Pedestrian Crashes by The Numbers
- In 2017, there were 5,977 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes.
- Between 2016 and 2017, there was a 1.7 percent decrease in pedestrian fatalities in the U.S.
- On average, one pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in 2017.
- In 2017, 26 percent of pedestrian fatalities happened between 6:00 p.m. and 8:59 p.m.
- Nearly one-fifth (19 percent) of the children ages 14 and younger killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
- In 2017, more than two-thirds (70 percent) of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were males.
Pedestrian Safety in The U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of resources available for pedestrians and motorists to help improve roadway safety for everybody. The NHTSA’s Everyone is a Pedestrian campaign is all about raising awareness about the dangers facing pedestrians on U.S. roadways. Above all, drivers are reminded to pay attention to the road. Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous and puts the lives of pedestrians and other roadway users at risk for injury-causing or potentially fatal crashes.
Pedestrian Accidents in Asheville
Pedestrians are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in the U.S. With drivers texting and engaging in other dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, they more at risk for injury-causing collisions than ever.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in Asheville or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation today.