Walkers Beware: Pedestrian Fatalities Up Despite Recent Decline in Traffic Accidents

Over the last decade, the number of traffic fatalities and pedestrian fatalities has been declining. Fewer drivers have been getting into accidents each year and fewer pedestrians have been getting hit by these drivers.

At least that was true until we got to 2010, according to The Washington Post.
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There were more than 32,880 people killed in car accidents in the U.S. in 2010. According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 13 percent of these recorded deaths were pedestrians. That’s right! There were close to 4,500 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents over the course of a year.

Our Asheville pedestrian accident attorneys understand that a pedestrian was killed every two hours in a traffic accident in 2010. A pedestrian was injured every eight minutes. Drivers just aren’t paying enough attention to the pedestrians and bicyclists along our streets.

It’s equally important for pedestrians to be smart travelers. Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and know where vehicles are. You want to make sure that your maneuvers in a predictable manner! Always cross at a crosswalk or at an intersection. Make sure you’ve got plenty of time to make it across the street before you start. It’s also a good idea to wear bright-colored clothing to help drivers to see you more easily. Smart walking habits help to steer your clear of a potentially fatal accident.

Pedestrian Accident Facts from the NHTSA Brief:

-Florida was ranked as the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrian fatalities, tallying 2.58 deaths per 100,000 people.

-Wyoming was ranked as the safest state in the country for pedestrians, logging in only 0.53 fatalities per 100,000 people.

-A large majority of pedestrian fatalities happened on a clear day, as opposed to when there was crappy weather. It makes sense when you consider when pedestrians are most likely to be out, and the answer to that isn’t in the rain or the snow.

-Drunk drivers were involved in about 15 percent of all of the recorded pedestrian fatalities.

-Drunk pedestrians were involved in more than 30 percent of these fatal accidents.

-Most pedestrians were killed while walking along principal or minor arterials. These are the roads that are designed for fast-moving vehicular traffic with very few advantages for pedestrians.

In the state of North Carolina, there were nearly 200 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in 2010. These fatalities accounted for about 25 percent of all traffic accidents recorded during the year.

Drivers are asked to be more aware of their surroundings, specifically on-foot traffic. Make sure that you take that extra second to look around before making a maneuver in traffic. Be extra cautious in areas where pedestrians are likely to be found, including school zones and neighborhoods. Your alert driving habits can help to save lives and help to bring back down the number of pedestrian fatalities in the area.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

“Watch Out for Me NC” Campaign Working to Protect Pedestrians in Triangle, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 7, 2012

Car Accident in Willow Springs Kills 56-Year-Old Pedestrian, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, July 14, 2012

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