4. Most pedestrian deaths occurMost pedestrian deaths occur
because of traumatic brain injurybecause of traumatic brain injury
caused by the impact of thecaused by the impact of the
person's head against theperson's head against the
hood or windshield ofhood or windshield of
the strikingthe striking
5. Many of the non-fatal injuriesMany of the non-fatal injuries
reported by pedestrians followingreported by pedestrians following
a crash with a motor vehiclea crash with a motor vehicle
involve damage toinvolve damage to
the lower limbs.the lower limbs.
7. In 2003
of pedestrian casualties
involved inebriation by either
the driver or the pedestrian.
Of that figure
of the pedestrians had been
legally intoxicated at the
time of the crash.
8. Pedestrian crashes typically occur during
the late afternoon and early evening hours
presumably because of the reduced levels of
visibility at a time when many people are on the road.
9. About 72% of the annually reported crashes occurAbout 72% of the annually reported crashes occur
in urban regions with significantly higher rates ofin urban regions with significantly higher rates of
incidents taking place atincidents taking place at
placesplaces otherother than crosswalks.than crosswalks.
10. Although this type of accident
may be the fault of the pedestrian,
it is far more
common for the blame to lie with
the driver's negligence.
Common types of driver
-Failing to stop at a pedestrian crosswalk
-Driving with a blood alcohol content
over the legal limit or after taking drugs
12. James R Parrish is a former partner in oneJames R Parrish is a former partner in one
of the oldest trial law firms in Northernof the oldest trial law firms in Northern
Virginia, whose members included one ofVirginia, whose members included one of
the original judges of the Virginia Court ofthe original judges of the Virginia Court of
Appeals and three members of theAppeals and three members of the
American College of Trial Lawyers, which isAmerican College of Trial Lawyers, which is
widely recognized as the most select groupwidely recognized as the most select group
of trial lawyers in the nation. Mr. Parrishof trial lawyers in the nation. Mr. Parrish
has published two consumer guides, Thehas published two consumer guides, The
Virginia Car Accident Guide and TheVirginia Car Accident Guide and The
Virginia Dog Bite Book.Virginia Dog Bite Book.
Mr. Parrish is the founding and principalMr. Parrish is the founding and principal
attorney of The Parrish Law Firm, a Virginiaattorney of The Parrish Law Firm, a Virginia
law firm with a successful track record inlaw firm with a successful track record in
winning personal injury cases andwinning personal injury cases and
defending those charged with trafficdefending those charged with traffic
violations or DWI.violations or DWI.