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A Detroit man is dead after being hit by a car that lost control and rolled into him last week. The driver of the vehicle and his passenger were also injured. The cause of the August 15 crash isn’t known, and Detroit Police continue to investigate.
The available news reports have offered up conflicting information, but it appears that the vehicle was travelling eastbound on Eight Mile Road in the vicinity of the Eight Mile Service Road, possibly intending to get on I-75 South.
The driver lost control and rolled the vehicle, which struck the pedestrian. The victim’s identity has not been released, but one account describes the fifty-six-year-old man as a local fixture who could often be found around that intersection.
The victim apparently died at the scene, but the driver of the car and his passenger were transported to Sinai Grace Hospital with unknown injuries.
Speed might have been a factor in the crash, considering that the vehicle rolled. Police haven’t said if they believe alcohol or another substance was a factor.
When most of us think of car accidents, we usually think of cars crashing into each other. But the truth is that a large percentage of motor vehicle crashes involve pedestrians.
In fact, in 2015, about 70,000 pedestrians were seriously injured and more than 5,300 killed in crashes. When you hear about the growing number of traffic fatalities in the United States—there were more than 35,000 in 2015 and the total might exceed 40,000 when all the 2016 numbers are finally in—it’s worth noting that those numbers include pedestrians, and no portion of traffic deaths has been growing as quickly. They now account for about one in seven traffic deaths (just a few years ago it was closer to one in nine).
Detroit is even more dangerous: Our metro area topped the list of hazardous cities for pedestrians in 2015. A person on the street here is about 50 percent more likely to be killed in a vehicle crash than in any other US city (and more than nine times more likely than in the safest city).
Nationwide, around 15 percent of crash fatalities are pedestrians. In Detroit, it’s more than one-third.
If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a car crash, especially when you were a pedestrian, it’s important to have the right help. Victims on foot are still victims, and drivers who cause harm still need to be held accountable.
David Christensen Law has experience with pedestrian accident law, and we offer all clients a free consultation to go over the details of their case. Give us a call at 248-213-4900 or contact us online through the form below to learn more.