Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law
Get Your Consultation Today
513-932-2115

Pedestrian deaths from car accidents fall nationwide

Pedestrian accidents lead to some of the most devastating injuries of all car accidents. Pedestrians have nothing to protect them from the force of the impact; in many cases, pedestrian accidents lead to broken bones, head and neck injuries, and even death. The dangers are sharply increased at higher speeds; authorities say any impacts above 20 mph can be fatal.

Lawmakers have instituted strict laws in an effort to protect pedestrians. Red and green crosswalk lights and regulations forcing motorists to yield to pedestrians are in effect across Ohio and across America. But still, pedestrians are struck and killed every day by negligent motorists.

Fortunately, according to a recent survey, the number of pedestrian deaths in America appears to be falling for the first time in years. In total, pedestrian deaths decreased by 8.7 percent in 2013 when compared to previous years. Researchers cannot clearly explain the reason for the safety improvement, though some attribute it to successful traffic engineering projects, which steered pedestrian traffic out of harm's way.

The economy may also have affected the numbers. In 2010-2012, researchers noticed an upswing in the number of pedestrian deaths in America. This may be attributable to the recession of 2008: researchers say more people took to walking when the economy was suffering, which naturally led to more pedestrian accidents.

Though the improvement is encouraging, it is still important to remember that thousands of Americans are still struck in pedestrian accidents every year -- and these people and their families often suffer great hardship as a result. Medical bills and lost wages can place a great burden on a family. For this reason, many accident victims turn to a personal injury suit in an attempt to collect fair compensation from the negligent parties who contributed to their injuries.

Source: Governor's Highway Safety Association, "Reversal in Three-Year Uptick in Pedestrian Fatalities" No author given, Mar. 05, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  1. Distinguished AV | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  2. Super Lawyers
  3. AVVO Rating 10.0 Superb
  4. Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  5. Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  6. Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  7. The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  8. The National Trial Lawyers | Top 40 Under 40

Get Your Consultation Today. Call 513-932-2115.

Rittgers & Rittgers answers its phones 24/7. Call us anytime to secure your consultation with one of our award-winning lawyers. You can rely on us for elite representation from our deliberately small, family-run law firm.

Lebanon Office
12 East Warren Street
Lebanon, Ohio 45036

Phone: 513-932-2115
Fax: 513-934-2201
Lebanon Law Office

Cincinnati Office
312 Walnut St., Suite 1600
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 513-932-7375
Walnut Street Law Office

Oxford Office
121 West High Street
Oxford, OH 45056

Phone: 513-524-5000
Oxford Law Office Map

Email Us Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us Today