As more and more people use cellphones behind the wheel, the number of
car accidents across the country is rising. But motorists are not the only ones at risk
of negligent driving behaviors, according to the Governors Highway Safety
Association (GHSA). A preliminary study they have recently conducted indicates
that there were 10% more pedestrian fatalities in collisions in 2014 than
there were in 2015. The first six months of 2015 saw 2,368 pedestrian
deaths nationwide. If the end results prove to be true, this would be
the largest year-to-year spike since such data began being recorded, back in 1975.
Quick facts on pedestrian fatalities, as reported by the GHSA:
- 26 States + D.C. saw an increase since 2014
- 72% occurred in the dark
- Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 15% of all traffic-related deaths,
up from 11% in 2006
Spokespersons and members of GHSA believe the growing number of pedestrian
fatalities stem from a variety of problems. From driver inattentiveness
to lower gas prices putting more people on the road more often, underlying
and subtle factors can all pile up to add to this problem. With promises
to work together with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), the GHSA believes that there will come a day, and then a year,
where there are
zero pedestrian fatalities in America.
The GHSA’s efforts focus on three areas of improvement:
Engineering: Using smarter, safer city, sidewalk, and street designs to remove pedestrians
out of harm’s way.
Education: Telling the public through more-impactful advertisement campaigns about
the dangers of driving inattention.
Enforcement: Using great police numbers to catch dangerous drivers in the act and stop
them before they hurt someone.
After a Pedestrian Accident
After being struck by a negligent motorist as a pedestrian, it can be understandably
harrowing to try to figure out what you should do next. At Rourke and
Blumenthal, our Columbus personal injury attorneys make it easy for our
clients and handle all aspects of their lawsuit and litigation for them.
We have won millions of dollars for our injury clients throughout the
years, including several
pedestrian accident cases. Please do not hesitate to
contact us when you are in need of trustworthy and friendly legal advocates. Call
614.321.3212 without delay.