When a pedestrian is hit by a truck or car -- or even a motorcycle -- the results can be quite devastating as the pedestrian does not have any safety system to protect them. And while in some cases the pedestrian ends up being killed in the crash, other times the person sustains serious catastrophic injuries, which are very expensive and can result in physical and emotional pain, and ongoing medical treatments.
Recently, a woman was crossing the street in a Tennessee city, when she was hit by a car. As of now, police do not believe the driver who hit the woman was speeding or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and instead think that for some reason the driver just did not see the woman in time.
From being hit by the car, the woman sustained injuries to her face and shoulder, and had to be taken to a nearby medical center for treatment.
When looking at this accident, one has to wonder why the driver did not see the woman. Was the driver paying attention? Was he or she distracted by something else, like the radio or a cellphone?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are thousands of accidents involving pedestrians every year. In fact, going by the last available statistics, in 2009 there were 4,092 pedestrian accidents, and 5,312 in 2008.
In general, pedestrian accidents happen for a number of different reasons, which are not necessarily relation to drunk or distracted driving, like drivers failing to see someone in a crosswalk, or not properly following posted safety signs.