A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) predicts that 6,590 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2019, the highest number in more than 30 years.
That number accounts for approximately 19% of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States. In the past 10 years, the number of pedestrian fatalities on our nation’s roadways has increased by more than 50%.
The CDC has acknowledged that the steady increase in pedestrian deaths from traffic accidents is a disturbing trend that needs to be reversed. So why is this happening?
- Drivers distracted by smartphones or texting
- Larger, heavier vehicles more likely to kill a pedestrian when striking them
- More drivers on the roads
- More pedestrians
- People driving under the influence of alcohol and/or prescription or illegal drugs
Being alert while walking decreases your chances of being struck by a vehicle. It’s as important for pedestrians not to be distracted by their cell phones as it is for drivers. Also, make sure to follow the rules of the road and cross streets only when appropriate and do not wear earbuds, headphones, or anything that can impair your ability to hear an approaching vehicle. Finally, make sure you can be seen. About 75% of pedestrian fatalities occur at night, so be sure to wear light clothes and have a reflector or flashlight to increase your visibility to motorists.
Even when you follow all the rules, accidents still happen. If you have sustained a serious injury as a pedestrian or have lost a loved one as a result of a motor vehicle accident, contact us to find out about your right to recover.