Last year, almost 5% more pedestrians died across the U.S. than in 2018, according to preliminary data. This grim statistic reflects a steady rise in pedestrian accidents over the last ten years.
What’s more, researchers believe the increased popularity of SUVs may be taking a literal toll on pedestrians’ lives.Do You Have a Case?
A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) revealed the following statistics:
Pedestrians who are struck by SUVs are more likely to die or sustain severe injuries than those hit by smaller vehicles. Researchers believe the higher pedestrian death rate correlates to the number of drivers choosing SUVs over passenger cars.
Here are some of the reasons:
In warmer weather, more people are out walking at night, which is when most pedestrians (approximately 75%) are killed. Furthermore, many roads are not well-lit, which makes it harder for drivers to see someone in their path.
Additionally, distracted drivers are responsible for the growing number of all traffic accidents, including those involving pedestrians. When a driver is texting or engaging in other distracting activities, the risk of an accident intensifies durastically. And, if a pedestrian is focusing on a cell phone instead of watching for oncoming cars, the danger multiplies.
In addition, many accidents happen because drivers and/or pedestrians are impaired by alcohol or drugs. While we know driving under the influence can be deadly, crossing busy streets after drinking excessively compounds the danger.
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