According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there has been a 46 percent increase in pedestrian deaths since 2009. Between 2009 and 2016, there has been an 81 percent rise in pedestrian deaths caused by SUVs according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Those who are at the most risk for being killed in a collision with an SUV are in warmer climates and in cities where individuals have lower incomes.
This is because they are the areas in which more people are likely to be in the street. SUVs tend to be more dangerous to pedestrians because they are larger and heavier than other vehicles. In Detroit, a quarter of people who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017 were pedestrians. This is because there are few crosswalks and it can be hard to see in certain areas of the city.
New York City, Los Angeles and others throughout the country are taking steps to make roads safer. In New York, roads have been redesigned to make them easier for people who are walking or biking to use. The city has also reduced speed limits in areas where pedestrians are likely to be. These tactics have been used in conjunction with ensuring pedestrians don’t use a cell phone or otherwise walk in the street while distracted.
A person who is hit by a car could sustain significant injuries or even die as a result of the collision. An attorney may be able to review a case to determine if a driver was impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent in causing the crash. If an individual is killed in an accident, his or her family may pursue compensation for medical bills and other damages in a wrongful death case.