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Pedestrian Injuries on the Rise

In a recent news article, a problem that has continued to plague the nation, pedestrian deaths, was brought to light. Unfortunately, the nation’s pedestrian death toll has been steadily rising for the past 10 years and states are projected to see even more unnecessary and avoidable injuries and deaths in 2019. While there is not a single solution to alleviate the issue, Washington makes it a point to spend large amounts of money each year to promote, research and improve pedestrian safety, but these measures have not proved to be successful.

One identified issue is that the government is spending more to build, improve, and repair high-traffic and faster roads. Some experts and members of Congress believe that more needs to be done to address the rising number of pedestrian deaths in conjunction with keeping roads safe. Statistics point to the number of pedestrian deaths rising almost every year since 2009. 10 years ago, 4,109 pedestrians were involved in a fatal accident and last year, that number was up 3.4%, reaching 6,283 deaths.

Projections in almost 25 states predict that this year will bring about even more pedestrian deaths, according to data compiled by nonpartisan advocacy groups. Based on these studies, states continue to design streets that are highly dangerous for its citizens, producing roads that prioritize high speeds for cars over safety. Other contributing factors to the rising number of pedestrian deaths include distracted drivers, larger vehicles, and an influx in the number of people walking and bicycling in urban areas.

More people have turned to healthier lifestyles, which contributes to the increase of people getting out more, especially in urban areas. However, this places urgency on the need to find a solution to reduce the amount of pedestrian deaths that occur annually. Lawmakers have also realized this urgency and agree that policy needs to be adjusted as soon as possible to take corrective action. In December of 2015, Congress created a “national priority” program to direct money to states to specifically promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. Strategies are also being developed to create pedestrian impact protection systems that would avoid pedestrian-vehicle collisions.

It is argued that too much money is spent on training law enforcement officials about pedestrian and bicycle laws instead of going beyond what is stated in the law. Most importantly, drivers need to refrain from multitasking while driving and pedestrians need to be more alert. Other pedestrian safety tips include walking on sidewalks, crossing the street at crosswalks or intersections, and ensuring that you are always visible.

At Spiros Law, P.C., we understand the importance of promoting safe driving and pedestrian behaviors. However, even when practicing these safe behaviors, pedestrians are still at risk of being involved in a collision. If you or a loved one have suffered harm or injury as a pedestrian due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact one of our attorneys today to discuss your legal options for seeking the justice you deserve.