In 2013, the CDC reported nearly 5,000 pedestrian deaths at the hands of motorists, averaging out to one crash-related, pedestrian death every 2 hours.
With more and more people relying on their smartphones for up-to-the-minute information, the number of incidences have only increased. According to a new study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roadways increased 11 percent last year. The year before, 2015, pedestrian deaths were up 22 percent over 2014.
Why the increase? Experts say the problem is two fold. Not only are there more cars on the roads and people out and about, distraction plays a huge role in the number of accidents. People behind the wheel routinely use their smart phones to text or browse social media, while pedestrians plunk on their headphones, frequently glancing down at their screens as they navigate the streets.
Distracted driving by itself is linked to an increase in traffic fatalities nationwide — adding distracted pedestrians to the mix is a deadly combination.
Of course the best advice is just to put down the phone when driving and walking, but compliance is an uphill battle in a constantly connected world. To address the problem from a different angle, traffic engineers are busy trouble shooting solutions such as speed bumps, roundabouts and medians along the roadway to create barriers between walkers and drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian car accident contact the Davenport, Iowa personal injury Law Offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson for help. Our Quad-Cities personal injury lawyers can help you to get the compensation for your loss. Free consultation of your case 563-355-6478.