The annual report by the Governors Highway Safety Association titled “Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State” released its preliminary 2018 data, and the numbers are concerning. While trends seemed to be heading the right direction (from 1990-2008, pedestrian deaths plummeted), from 2009-2017, the number of deaths skyrocketed by 45%. Over the same period, all other traffic-related deaths declined by 6%.
While the precise reason for this increase is not clear, some have suggested that the ubiquity of internet-connected smartphones and the distractions they cause behind the wheel could be partly to blame. Others believe that the increased number of people walking to work and the growing popularity of larger vehicles like SUVs and large trucks could be a contributor.
Two key takeaways are when and where these accidents are happening. A large portion of the increase (90% of the total increase in pedestrian deaths) is at night, and the majority of fatal accidents occurred on local roads away from pedestrian crossings.
Nearly half of these pedestrian fatalities occurred across just five states: Texas, California, Georgia, Florida, and Arizona). Connecticut ranked #34 on the list, with 1.29 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people.
So, what can we do to prevent pedestrian fatalities? For the most part, exercising proper caution behind the wheel could go a long way. Drivers should put away their phones and focus on the road ahead and remain alert for pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks.
If a pedestrian is hurt or killed in an accident caused by negligence, the driver of the vehicle that hit them could be held liable by the victim or their surviving family members. If you lost someone in a fatal pedestrian accident in Connecticut, turn to the experienced and compassionate attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to discuss your rights and legal options. We are here to help, so call us at 203-397-1283 today.