Pedestrian accidents and fatalities are going up while vehicle-to-vehicle accidents are decreasing. City populations are growing, which means more cars and more people cohabitating in confined spaces. In this video, a pedestrian accident lawyer explains some of the reasons why this is leading to an unusual trend in accident reports.
In Chicago, from 2007 to 2016, pedestrian accident fatalities increased 27%. Other traffic-related deaths went down 17%. Pedestrian accidents now comprise 16% of every vehicle-related accident.
The increase in pedestrian accidents may be related to increased smartphone usage or the legalization of marijuana in some states. However, there is no scant evidence to support these claims and they are conjecture.
Many states are taking the initiative and starting programs to prevent pedestrian accidents and fatalities. They hope that with education and new technology, the number of fatalities from pedestrian accidents can be reduced to zero.
No matter if you’re in an urban center or the suburbs, you may be involved in a pedestrian accident that leaves you injured. A good pedestrian accident attorney can help. For more information, check out the video above.