The New York area certainly has its fair share of pedestrians. After all, considering the traffic and parking conditions in our area sometimes walking is the fastest way to get where you're going. The sad reality, though, is that these pedestrians are seemingly in a constant state of danger. Negligent drivers, including those who are distracted, intoxicated or tired, fail to yield to them, veer onto sidewalks and neglect to share the road, all of which can lead to an injurious or fatal accident.
Sadly, a recently released report by the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that the occurrence of fatal pedestrian accidents is only increasing. The organization found that, in 2018, more than 6,200 individuals were killed in pedestrian accidents. That figure stands as the highest rate of pedestrian deaths since 1990. Over the last 10 years pedestrian fatalities have increased by more than one-third.
There are many causes attributed to this increase. Some of the causes identified in the study are related to pedestrians themselves. People are walking more frequently, including at night, and sometimes pedestrians are not in an intersection when they are struck. However, many fatal pedestrian accidents continue to be caused by drunk and distracted driving. An increase in the number of SUVs on the road also plays into these accidents, according to the study.
Those who are injured, as well as surviving family members of those tragically killed, in a pedestrian accident should consider taking legal action. A successful claim, whether based on personal injury or wrongful death, can lead to the recovery of compensation for damages suffered, which may include medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages. These cases can be challenging, though, which is why a skilled legal professional may be of assistance. He or she can help build a case for the imposition of liability, the recovery of compensation and help shine a lot on a growing problem that may soon be out of hand.