Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Mar 28, 2016 in Auto Accidents
According to a recent report by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, there have been more pedestrian deaths in 2015 compared with the previous year. Cars, motorcycles and trucks killed 10 more pedestrians than in 2014.
Even more disturbing, the number of pedestrians killed in America jumped 19 percent from 2009 to 2014. This data reflects a spike in fatalities from 4,109 to 4,884 people. Pedestrians represent the largest portion of traffic fatalities in the last 25 years.
The largest annual increase in pedestrian deaths is projected to be an estimated 15 percent rate for 2015. The boom in the number of pedestrian deaths is ironic when compared with the reality that it is safer for motorists driving on U.S. roads and highways than ever before.
Traffic fatalities have decreased from the same time period between 2009 and 2014. Part of the reason for the decline is due to automotive improvements in collision avoidance and crash-worthiness technologies.
However, for pedestrians, the dangers are as high as ever. The United States lags in comparison to the European Union when incorporating pedestrian safeties on cars. In Europe, regulations mandate that cars’ fenders and hoods absorb significantly more impact during crashes than U.S. laws.
More people are walking in the U.S. and the report identified distracted motorists and pedestrians as leading factors in the higher fatality rate. Alcohol is another important influence when it comes to pedestrian deaths.
Some experts believe the report is not centered enough on the larger picture of why pedestrians are dying on American streets. They indicate that road design and the overall environment is not only dangerous for pedestrians, but also downright hostile. They call for the need to measure other factors besides deaths when addressing pedestrian safety.
Suffering a serious injury or losing a loved one because of a negligent driver can be devastating. The pedestrian accident lawyers at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings can help you recover compensation.