According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, about 5,000 pedestrians around the country lose their lives each year after being struck by a motor vehicle. While some of these fatalities may be unavoidable, many others involve some sort of negligence on the part of the pedestrian, the motorist or both. Establishing liability is a crucial step in a Michigan pedestrian accident lawsuit, and this is generally done by determining whether or not the parties involved met their duty of care obligation.
According to AAA, the period between Memorial Day and the start of the new school year is the deadliest time on U.S. roadways. The increased risk may be attributable to a greater number of teenage drivers on the road in Michigan and across the country. Using data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, AAA found that the 100-day period after Memorial Day averaged 1,022 traffic fatalities per year from 2011 to 2015, in crashes involving at least one teenage driver, 16 percent more than other parts of the year.