Report Shows Pedestrian Deaths at Highest Level in Decades

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. May 08, 2019

Walking to work, taking your dog for a walk, or just taking a leisurely stroll have all become very risky activities. A report by the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) shows that the rate of pedestrian deaths is the highest it’s been in 28 years. The report found that in 2018, 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes. This is a 4% increase in 2017 figures and the highest rate since 1990. The GHSA found that there were a number of different factors that may be contributing to the mortality rate.

More SUVs and Trucks on the Road

According to GHSA, the number of SUVs involved in pedestrian deaths has increased by 50% since 2013. By comparison, the rate of passenger vehicles involved in fatalities only increased by 30%. There are more SUVs and trucks on the road now. The size and weight of these vehicles make it increasingly likely that a pedestrian will die in an accident or suffer severe injuries.

Distracted Driving

The GHSA also points to increased use of smartphones and other technology that may be leading to more distracted drivers on the road. This is especially dangerous for pedestrians who are not as visible as vehicles are on the road.

Impaired Drivers and Pedestrians

The study found that in about half of the crashes involving pedestrians, either the driver or the pedestrian was under the influence of alcohol. Driving, and even walking, while impaired by alcohol is extremely dangerous and can lead to risky behavior.

Population Growth

More people means more pedestrians. In addition, over the last decade, more people have decided to walk places rather than take transportation. A survey cited in the study found a 4% increase in the number of people who walk to work since 2007.  

Where Does Florida Stand?

Florida is known to be one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. According to the study, Florida was one of 5 states (including Arizona, California, Georgia, and Texas) that accounted for close to half of the pedestrian fatalities in 2018.

Contact an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may want an experienced pedestrian accident attorney on your side. The lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.