Many are unsurprised that 2015 stats are expected to reveal a higher number of pedestrian fatalities than previous years, perhaps the largest year to year increase to date.
“We are projecting the largest year-to-year increase in pedestrian fatalities since national records have been kept, and therefore we are quite alarmed…” said Richard Retting, co-author of the Govern’s Highway Safety Association annual report.
There are several factors that are said to have contributed to the expected rise, including pedestrian and driver distraction.
Distraction is a major issue and a known cause of pedestrian fatalities. Still, every day countless drivers and pedestrians navigate NYC streets completely distracted.
In recent years distracted drivers and distracted walkers have caused thousands of injuries and deaths, many speculate that the rise in pedestrians deaths is linked directly to distraction.
Most states currently have a distracted driving ban in place, and now many lawmakers are pushing for a distracted walking ban as well.
“Distracted walkers take longer to cross the street and are more likely to ignore traffic lights or neglect to look both ways, researchers said. Interestingly, distracted walkers are more likely to use crosswalks — perhaps trying to offset their risky behavior.
The problem is particularly prevalent among teens, who tend to believe it’s okay to cross the street while texting or tweeting. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. teens have been hit or nearly hit by a passing car, motorcycle, or bike — and those hit or nearly hit tend to report higher rates of cell phone-related distraction than their peers.”- ABC News
Both pedestrian knockdowns and car crashes caused by distraction are completely preventable events. If you’ve been hurt in a knockdown or in a car crash contact one of our compassionate personal injury attorneys today.
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