The number of pedestrian deaths in the United States reached a nearly 30-year-high, according to a new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). A Wall Street Journal article states that an estimated 6,227 people died on foot from car accidents nationwide last year, the most since 1990. Pedestrian deaths now account for about 16 percent of the motor vehicle crash deaths, up from 12 percent a decade ago. In that span, all other traffic deaths increased by less than 5 percent.
What the Report Has Found
Transportation safety experts say they are alarmed by the rising toll of pedestrian accident deaths and many blame the legacy of road networks designed to maximize vehicle speeds. They applaud many cities’ move in recent years to lower speed limits, redesign safer intersections and improve crosswalks. According to the GHSA report, 25 states and Washington D.C. reported an increase in pedestrian deaths in the first half of 2018. Fatalities rose 45 percent from 2009 to 2017.
The report says the move away from passenger cars to SUVs and light trucks, which generally tend to cause more severe injuries to pedestrians than cars traveling at the same speed, may be a factor in this increase in pedestrian fatalities. Cars are the biggest vehicle category in deadly pedestrian car accidents. But the number of such deaths involving SUVs grew by 50 percent from 2013 to 2017 compared with a 30 percent increase for passenger cars.
Another factor that is a growing concern is the increase in distractions caused by smartphones. Pedestrian crashes began to increase in 2009 when the number of smartphones began to increase dramatically, and safety experts say they are interested in studying this trend further and establishing a more definitive connection between the two. The GHSA report also showed that many of the fatal pedestrian accidents occurred after dark. From 2008 to 2017, the number of after-dark fatal pedestrian accidents rose by 45 percent compared with an 11 percent increase for those occurring during the day. Alcohol use is also a likely factor in these crashes, experts say.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Victims
Victims who have been struck and injured by motorists at crosswalks or street intersections may be able to seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses from the at-fault parties. It is also important to remember that you have the right to file a pedestrian accident lawsuit even if you were not in a crosswalk at the time of your accident.
If you have been injured in a New York City pedestrian accident, it would be in your best interest to file a police report, obtain prompt medical treatment and gather as much evidence as possible from the accident scene. Your personal injury lawyer may also be able to collect and compile this type of evidence. Promptly contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer who will fight to protect your rights every step of the way. Injured pedestrian accident victims may be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 47 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole.
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