Early Saturday morning, a pedestrian was struck and killed in Union County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on Highway 78, near mile marker 57. For currently unknown reasons, the unidentified pedestrian was struck while walking in the westbound lane of the highway. Sadly, the victim died on the scene.
Very few details have been released about this crash, and authorities are still trying to determine the identity of the victim. WJTV News Channel 12 did not comment on whether or not the driver remained on the scene or if there were any contributing factors to this crash.
Law enforcement officials are still trying to identify the male victim who is described as a middle-aged white male, dressed in a plaid shirt, khaki pants and wearing tennis shoes. Anybody with information on the pedestrian's identity is encouraged to call the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Just the Facts on Pedestrian Accidents
• In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
• In 2011, 4,457 pedestrians were killed in crashes.
• An estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured in 2012.
• In 2012, nearly three-fourths of pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban settings.
• 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities happened at nighttime in 2012.
Pedestrian Injuries and Deaths in Jackson
Pedestrians are one of the few roadway users groups that continue to see an increase in injury causing and fatal crashes each year. Unfortunately, they just don't have much protection in the event of a crash. Even cyclists have helmets. Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable when it comes to traffic accidents.
After a Pedestrian Accident
After any kind of car accident, you need to take care of your health first. If you aren't transported to the hospital from the scene, make sure to follow up with your doctor for an evaluation. With adrenaline pumping after a crash, a lot of injuries can go undetected. It might be hours before you start feeling poorly. Once your immediate medical needs have been addressed, you can call a personal injury lawyer. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a free case consultation today.