Pedestrian accidents may be something you hear about often but wonder just how common they are. It was recently estimated that the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States increased by 10 percent in 2015. The increase represents the largest year-to-year increase since the statistics were first kept 40 years ago. The Governors Highway Safety Association annual data is based on preliminary pedestrian fatality data provided by highway agencies throughout the nation for the first 6 months of 2015.

The preliminary data reveals that 2,368 pedestrians were killed in fatal accident from January to June 2015 which was in increase from 2,232 pedestrian victims killed during the same time period in 2014. Though the increase is approximately 6 percent, it is based on preliminary data and researchers expect the actual number to rise to 10 percent. The author of the report noted that the projected rise in pedestrian fatalities is “alarming.”

Pedestrian safety is a growing problem and concern throughout the country. To help protect victims and their families in the event of a pedestrian accident, the legal process provides resources pedestrian accident victims and their families should be familiar with. Victims and their families may be able to recover compensation for the losses they suffer following a pedestrian accident including medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering damages. Families of a lost loved one may also be able to recover funeral expenses, damages for the loss of support and services and other damages as well.

Pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable in a pedestrian accident involving a car or other vehicle and can suffer significant harm or be killed in a pedestrian accident. Due to the serious nature of pedestrian accidents, it is important victims and their families are familiar with the options and protections available to them.

Source: Boston Globe, “US pedestrian fatalities rising faster than ever before, study says,” Matt Rocheleau, March 8, 2016