Pedestrian safety researchers are hopeful the next decade could bring about significant improvements in road design to bolster walkability and well-being among non-vehicle users.
However in the meantime, we are still grappling with an "epidemic" of pedestrian deaths - some 47,000 between 2003 and 2012, according to the Dangerous by Design 2014 report, released this month by Smart Growth America. Another 676,000 were injured. Not only that, pedestrian deaths accounted for almost 15 percent of all traffic deaths in 2012, which was a 6 percent increase from just a year earlier - and a five-year high.
Perhaps even more troubling for those of us in the South was the indication that those in Sunbelt communities that grew in the post-war period were among the most dangerous places. Charlotte pedestrian accident lawyers recognize that many of these areas developed rapidly, with strong emphases on wide, fast roads that would connect homes to schools, workplaces and shopping facilities. These roads are not often equipped with the safety features necessary when traveling on foot.