Three pedestrians sustained serious injuries when they were hit by a pick-up truck on Christian Lane near Kelsey Street in Newington, earlier this week. The driver, after striking the victims, continued to drive, dragging all three victims down the road. All three were rushed to area hospitals.
Sadly, over 70,000 pedestrians are struck and injured by motor vehicles every year in America – nearly 5,000 fatally. That equals one pedestrian injury every eight minutes.
One of the best predictors of whether an injury will occur in these accidents is the speed of the offending vehicle at time of impact. Here is data from the National Institutes of Health:
The average risk of a struck pedestrian sustaining an injury of some severity reaches 10% at an impact speed of 17 miles per hour (mph), 25% at 24mph, 50% at 33mph, 75% at 40mph, and 90% at 48mph. The average risk of death reaches 10% at an impact speed of 24mph, 25% at 32mph, 50% at 40mph, 75% at 48mph, and 90% at 54mph.