Projections derived from State Highway Safety Offices data indicate that over 6,500 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2020, nearly a 5 percent increase over 2019.
Reducing Pedestrian Fatalities Via Engineering Methods
To reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities in urban areas where accidents largely occur, cities across the nation are trying various engineering approaches to separate pedestrians from traffic using sidewalks, islands, over and underpasses and barriers.
Furthermore, pedestrians cross walks have been illuminated and traffic lights timed to allow pedestrians to cross the street safely. Speeds have been reduced in pedestrian trafficked areas.
Changing Driver Behaviors to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents
While engineering methods help, it is equally important that drivers operate responsibly to prevent pedestrian accidents from occurring. Driving for conditions, including reducing speeds in high pedestrian areas, can help to reduce collisions as can avoiding distractions or driving impaired.
Defensive Walking to Protect Pedestrians
Pedestrians can do their part by crossing at designated areas, paying careful attention to oncoming and turning traffic while crossing the road. Certainly, some accidents can be avoided if pedestrians limit distractions such as looking at phones while walking to their destinations, a growing problem that puts pedestrians at risk.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer for Help
When you or a family member is injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the Davenport personal injury lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for immediate assistance today at 563-355-64.