Pedestrian Deaths On the Rise Nationally
A new report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association reveals that pedestrian fatalities due to car accidents are on the rise. The study reveals that pedestrian accident deaths surged tremendously last year, representing the highest rise in pedestrian fatalities within the last four decades. This alarming national trend has many questioning why the increase in pedestrian deaths is occurring as well as what we can do about it.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we are troubled by the increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities and hope that there is research into the cause of this phenomenon so that an effective solution can be proposed.
A 10% Spike in Pedestrian Fatalities
Research suggests that pedestrian deaths increased at least ten percent in 2015 from the previous year. This figure is based on data supplied by each state for January through June. It is also alarmingly the largest year to year increase since states began compiling data on pedestrian fatalities.
Why the Rise in Pedestrian Accidents?
There are likely several factors that explain the increase in pedestrian deaths. It is possible that lower gas prices and an overall strengthened economy have allowed more people to travel freely, taking more vacations and having more discretionary income to spend. More disposable income can also contribute to a higher number of teen drivers because parents can afford to give them a car or allow them to use their own.
Distraction is likely another central reason behind the rise in pedestrian accidents. Cell phones are glued to drivers and pedestrians, potentially leading to distracted driving accidents. Drivers who are texting, emailing, surfing the web and the like might not notice a pedestrian walking nearby. Cars today are built with many safety features that can keep the driver and passengers of a car safe in the event of a pedestrian accident, but the pedestrian is still at serious risk of injury or death.
Drunk drivers are another dangerous group to pedestrians and account for a large percentage of pedestrian accidents. These drivers might speed, swerve uncontrollably and lack the necessary judgment to notice and stop for a pedestrian. Pedestrian accident victims and their families should seek the representation of a knowledgeable car accident lawyer in order to take the necessary steps to protect their legal rights.
Contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Today for Your Free Consultation!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car, truck or pedestrian accident, you will likely need dedicated representation to protect your interests. The Atlanta Automobile Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, help accident victims and their families in Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 37 years of experience that we will bring to your case. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances are of reaching the best possible outcome. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.