Pedestrian accidents are on the rise as is the number of fatalities from these accidents. As the Spring weather comes, there will be more walkers on Tampa Bay streets which likely means more pedestrian accidents.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released its report which projected 2018 to have been the deadliest for pedestrians in the United States since the 1990s. For the full report, click here.
The report indicates that fatalities from pedestrian
accidents have increased by 35 percent. GHSA
estimates the nationwide number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes
in 2018 was 6,227 as compared to 4,414 deaths in 2008 pedestrian
accidents. According to the report, this
projection would be the largest annual number of pedestrian fatalities in the United
States since 1990.
A few things from the report:
- 25 states (and DC) had increases in fatalities
from pedestrian accidents; 23 states had decreases; and two states remained the
- The estimated number of pedestrian deaths for
the first half of 2018 ranged from one in New Hampshire to 432 in California.
- Seven states (California, Florida, Texas,
Georgia, Arizona, New York and North Carolina in rank order) are each expected
to have more than 100 deaths from pedestrian accidents.
- Five states (Arizona, California, Florida,
Georgia and Texas) accounted for almost half — 46 percent — of all pedestrian
Why the increase in fatalities from pedestrian accidents?
The report provides the following insight:
- The increasing shift in U.S. vehicle sales away from passenger cars to light trucks (with light trucks generally causing more severe pedestrian impacts than cars) is a factor. The number of pedestrian fatalities involving SUVs increased at a faster rate — 50 percent – from 2013 to 2017 compared to passenger cars, which increased by 30 percent.
- Walking at night is a factor. Increases in fatalities from pedestrian accidents are occurring largely at night. From 2008 to 2017 the number of nighttime pedestrian fatalities increased by 45 percent, compared to a much smaller 11 percent increase in daytime pedestrian fatalities.
- Of course, another possible factor contributing to the recent rise in the overall number of pedestrian fatalities could be the large growth in smartphone use over the past decade, which can be a significant source of distraction for all road users.
Whatever the reason for the increase, it is imperative that
both walkers and drivers pay better attention to each other. Pedestrians can do stupid things by crossing
the road at an inappropriate time or location, but remember, your vehicle can
kill that pedestrian. Look out for
pedestrians up ahead and keep your eye on them as you pass them. This added attention could save a life and
lower these sad statistics.
Drive and walk safely and watch out for those who don’t!
Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson help families who are impacted by Tampa Bay pedestrian accidents and car accidents. Attorney Matthew Noyes even wrote a book on it – Do You Really Need An Attorney After a Car Accident. If you have questions after a pedestrian accident or car accident, call Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.