Pedestrian safety issues relevant to Michigan residents

Pedestrian safety issues relevant to Michigan residents

by | Mar 16, 2016 |

According to a report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian deaths were estimated to have jumped by about 10 percent between 2014 and 2015. There were several factors cited including more drivers on the road logging more miles thanks to a reduction in gas prices. Increased cellphone use was also cited as a reason for the jump in pedestrian deaths as many may have been distracted at the time of a crash. Pedestrians in Michigan and around the country are also at risk of being hit by city buses that have blind spots that may make them harder to see.

In the first six months of 2015, there were 2,368 pedestrians who were killed, which was a 6 percent increase from the first half of 2014. However, researchers believe that pedestrian deaths are underestimated in the first half of a year, which is why they report a 10 percent increase. Past trends also indicate that pedestrian deaths increase in the second half of the year as the weather gets warmer.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 75 percent of pedestrian deaths take place after dark. In addition, roughly 33 percent of deaths involve those who had a blood alcohol content at or above the legal limit. Nearly half of the deaths in the first part of 2015 occurred in states with high populations such as Texas, California and New York.

The families of those who are killed in pedestrian knockdowns may have cause to seek financial compensation from the driver of the vehicle if the pedestrian had the right of way at the time or if the driver was negligent in some other manner. An attorney can often be of assistance in preparing and filing a wrongful death lawsuit.