Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise, Why Walking has Become so Dangerous

The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released a report that shows the number of pedestrians killed in traffic last year climbed 11% from the previous year. According to the NPR, that’s the biggest single-year increase in pedestrian fatalities ever, and the highest number in more than two decades.

So what has caused the sudden increase in pedestrian fatalities? Experts cite a number of reasons, including:

  • There are more drivers on the road now due to low gas prices
  • Drivers AND pedestrians are distracted by their cell phones
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield
  • Driver impairment, including alcohol, marijuana, and over the counter medications.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “the increase has been mostly in urban or suburban areas, at nonintersections, on arterials — busy roads designed mainly to funnel vehicle traffic toward freeways — and in the dark, a new IIHS study shows.”

The above description matches a vast number of streets throughout the Bronx, Queens, the rest of the five boroughs, as well as streets throughout New Jersey cities (specifically Newark and Edison).

It is crucial that drivers are aware of the behaviors that put pedestrians at risk. While drivers often walk away from pedestrian knockdowns injury free, the pedestrians involved often suffer serious and life threatening injuries.

If a driver chooses to drive recklessly and causes an injury, we’ll hold them accountable. Click here to contact us today.

In order to effectively tell our client’s story we often use case animations. These customized, lifelike depictions of the events that lead to our client’s injuries allow opposing council, and in some cases jury members/judges, to walk in our client’s shoes and gain a better understanding of how the ordeal unfolded. 

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