Per The Press of Atlantic City, here in the US, we saw a major increase in the number of pedestrian deaths last year. Reportedly, there were almost 6,000 pedestrian fatalities nationwide in 2016, which represented an 11 percent jump from the previous year. In addition, it has been over 20 years since this many pedestrian deaths happened in the US.
The data used in the Press of Atlantic City article came from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Factors that researchers believe played a part in the increased number of pedestrian deaths, included the following:
- More motorists on the road because of lower gas prices and an improved economy
- An increase in the number of pedestrians walking for exercise
- Drivers and pedestrians who are distracted because they are engaged in other activities, like texting while driving or walking
What Are the Options for Pedestrian Accident Victims and Their Families?
Pedestrian accidents generally result in catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury, or death for those on foot. Therefore, following the incident, injury victims often face a lifetime of medical expenses and their injury may prevent them from continuing to work. This can lead to injury victims and their families struggling financially.
However, there are options to help pedestrian accident victims, including filing personal injury or wrongful death claims against the driver who caused the wreck. Through a civil lawsuit, victims and their families can hold those at fault accountable, including securing financial help for hospital bills, loss of income, rehabilitation expenses and funeral costs.
What do you think led to the rise in pedestrian deaths last year? Let us know in the comments section below. For more information about pedestrian accidents and what you should do if you or a loved one is victim of a severe injury due to someone else’s negligence, continue to follow our New Jersey personal injury law firm’s blog.