According to preliminary reports, the number of pedestrian deaths on Michigan’s roads will increase slightly over 2019. The report from the Governors Highway Safety Association compared the first six months of 2019 with 2020.
During this span of time in 2020, there were 68 pedestrian fatalities due to traffic accidents; in 2019, there were only 65 deaths. If this trend holds, the number of pedestrian deaths in 2020 will be up about 5% over 2019.
Across the country, the number of pedestrian deaths held relatively steady between 2019 and 2020.
While this is good news, it does not tell the whole story. Specifically, when measured as the number of deaths over miles traveled, the fatality rate spiked by 20% between 2019 and 2020. In short, the roads are not getting any safer for pedestrians.
Pedestrians will likely require compensation for expenses, other losses
Not surprisingly, when pedestrians get struck by vehicles, they frequently suffer severe or fatal injuries. These injuries can conclude trauma to the brain and debilitating spinal cord injuries. Such injuries can mean a family has to deal with medical bills, other expenses and the loss of an income.
Michigan’s robust no-fault insurance laws may be able to pay for many of these expenses. However, sometimes, the victim may be entitled to additional damages, including non-economic losses like pain and suffering. Usually, these circumstances will involve a driver who is not paying attention or others acts carelessly and hits a pedestrian.
After a thorough investigation into an accident, a victim’s family will want to be sure they understand all of their legal options, including their option to pursue uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits if they are eligible.