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

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