Recently released statistics revealed pedestrians in the United States are increasingly at risk of dying after being involved in a car-versus-pedestrian accident.
As the cost of vehicles, insurance and gas continues to rise, more Americans are choosing to walk. The added health benefits of walking have also encouraged people of all ages to ditch their vehicles and travel by foot. However, walking along the nation’s roadways is becoming more dangerous.
From 2009 to 2014, the number of pedestrian fatalities rose 19 percent. In 2015, pedestrian deaths rose an additional ten percent, making car-versus-pedestrians accidents the leading cause of roadway fatalities for the past 25 years. With a ten percent climb in pedestrian fatalities from 2014 to 2015, experts’ project an even bigger increase in deaths in 2016.
Today’s pedestrians are putting themselves at greater risk by displaying certain behaviors, such as walking while distracted. Smartphones and other devices are commonly used by pedestrians, who often take their attention off the roadway while employing this technology.
Additionally, automobile manufacturers are developing new safety features to keep drivers and passengers safe, while at the same time failing to develop technology to improve pedestrian safety.
Pedestrian alcohol use is another significant problem that contributes to the recent rise in fatalities. In 2015, 34 percent of pedestrians killed in vehicle accidents had a blood alcohol content at or exceeding .08, which is the legal limit in most states. Alternatively, only 15 percent of drivers involved in fatal pedestrian accidents had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.
Many researchers firmly believe all of these factors are contributing to the recent rise in pedestrian fatalities, and law enforcement officials should take notice in order to prevent further pedestrian deaths.
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