While the number of motor vehicle traffic deaths involving drivers and passengers has decreased over the last decade, 2018 is projected to have the greatest number of pedestrian accidents since 1990. Over 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents last year alone.
More than a third of pedestrian fatalities across the nation occurred on local streets, away from intersections, suggesting that there is a need for safer crossings. Roughly ninety percent of pedestrian accidents occurred in the evening and nighttime hours where lack of lighting or a place to safely cross may have played a role.
Drunk and drugged driving, a factor in roughly half of pedestrian fatalities in 2017, continues to pose a significant risk to pedestrians as does speeding and drowsy driving. Distracted driving also continues to be a problem with many drivers texting while driving or otherwise engaged with electronic devices and pedestrians also put themselves at risk by walking while paying attention to their phones. When smartphone sales and data surged in 2009, so too did pedestrian fatalities, underscoring the need for both drivers and pedestrians to put away their phones as they navigate the streets.
Our pedestrian accident attorneys have handled hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases caused by drunk or drugged driving, distracted driving and cell phone use, etc. If you are injured in a pedestrian motor vehicle accident, contact the Davenport personal injury law offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for immediate assistance today at 563-355-6478.