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The correlation between speed, age and pedestrian risk of death

New Orleans provides residents and visitors alike with a tremendous amount of "walkability." This means that in many areas of the city, you can stroll through the streets and enjoy the unique atmosphere, buildings and history that make it the Big Easy.

This same ability to walk the city also comes with a downside since each year, pedestrians suffer fatal injuries in crashes with vehicles navigating the same streets. No one would ever recommend not enjoying a stroll through the city, but you may want to know what you are up against in an accident.

How speed affects the chances of a fatality

Obviously, the faster a vehicle goes, the more damage it will do when it hits anything, including you. However, researchers discovered that age also affects survivability in an accident. The older you are, the riskier it is to walk around traffic. For instance, at 30 years old, you have around a 50/50 chance of dying in a crash when a vehicle is going 45 mph. If you are 70 years old, you have an approximately 50/50 chance of dying in a crash when a vehicle is going 35 mph.

If the vehicle travels at 40 mph, a 30-year-old would suffer fatal injuries around 36 percent of the time. At 70 years old, that percentage increases to approximately 70 percent. That is a shocking increase even if these percentages are considered "rough" estimates. Even so, it appears clear that speed and age are two defining factors in surviving a pedestrian vs. vehicle accident.

After a vehicle exceeds 20 mph, it becomes more deadly with each mph driven. The chance of a fatality in a crash at 30 mph is 70 percent higher than at 25 mph. It may be a bit easier to see now why many cities have reduced their speed limits. It isn't just to annoy drivers or to increase speeding tickets; there is a real reason behind the reduction.

How a fatality affects your family

If a trip to New Orleans resulted in the loss of your loved one in a pedestrian vs. vehicle accident, you may pursue compensation for the financial losses associated with the unexpected demise of your family member. Proving that the negligence of another party caused or contributed to the death could mean an award of damages.

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