You are here
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
- 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.
Learn more about pedestrian safety:
- Young People and Pedestrian Safety
- Safe Walking Crash Course
- If You Have a Cell Phone, You’re at Risk. Pedestrian Fatalities are on the Rise
- Walkability Scored, Why We Earned an ‘F’