Pedestrian accidents can lead to death and serious injuries for victims. Data collected by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association for the first half of 2016 reveals that distracted driving and walking has led to a 20-year high in pedestrian deaths. According to the preliminary report, it is estimated that the total number of pedestrian fatalities during 2016 could reach up to 6,000 victims. During January 2016 through June 2016, there were a total of 2,660 pedestrian fatalities.
During the same period of time, 34 states saw an increase in pedestrian deaths and Arizona was ranked number 3 for the third highest number of pedestrian fatalities per population. According to a representative from Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, nearly 200 victims were killed statewide during 2016. The report reveals distracted driving and distracted walking attributed to the increase in nationwide numbers which were up 11 percent.
In addition to distraction, lower gas prices and a greater number of pedestrians walking for the benefits of exercise are also noted to contribute to the number of pedestrian fatalities during 2016. Because of a climb in pedestrian deaths since 2009, a number of states are increasing funding, education and awareness surrounding distracted driving. Arizona is one of 3 states that have received close to $800,000 in federal funding for initiatives that will help keep pedestrians safer.
Pedestrians can be especially vulnerable on the roadways which is why it is important for them to be familiar with the different resources and protections available to them. Victims of pedestrian accidents, and their families, may have legal options to consider offering assistance with the damages suffered in a pedestrian accident.
Source: azcentral.com, “Arizona ranks No. 3 for pedestrian deaths in 2016,” Natalie Tarangioli, April 11, 2017