long island personal injury law - vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents on the rise
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian deaths involving motor vehicles are on the rise. A recent report states that there were close to 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2017 in the United States. Once data is collected by the highway safety offices of each individual state, that data is reported on after being analyzed. According to a GHSA Press Release dated February 28, 2018, “Richard Retting of Sam Schwartz Consulting analyzed the data and authored the report.”
These numbers reflect some of the highest the country has seen in more than two decades. Overall, pedestrian deaths increased 27 percent between the years 2007 through 2016. Why such an increase?
Potential Factors Involved
While it’s important to note that no one specific reason is yet identified in the rise, there are several possibilities as to the increase.
One of the many factors involved in pedestrian fatalities is speed. In cities like New York, motorists may drive at higher speeds to keep up with the hectic pace, lifestyle, and culture. Unfortunately, the result is injury or fatalities on the streets, sidewalks and even bicycle paths of those communities.
Distracted driving (smart phones/technology)
With the onset of more and more updates in technology designed to keep us moving at a faster pace, create shortcuts, and keep us connected, distracted driving has also increased. Texting while driving takes your hands off the wheel and your eyes and mind off the road.
Falling asleep behind the wheel is deadly. A weak economy where individuals need to work longer hours for less pay, and higher stress levels can contribute to extreme fatigue.
While, currently, a definitive correlation may not be assessed, states with legalized marijuana may be starting to show signs of an increase in pedestrian fatalities. Of course, any type of substance abuse impairment while driving already increases those numbers.
Effective Safety Measures
The automotive industry continues to make strides toward effective safety measures with the implementation of such features like the backup camera. Sadly, dozens of minor children have been injured or killed in accidents when the driver did not see them while backing up.
Community leaders continue to measure the efforts and implement strategies through programs like Vision Zero. Part of the Vision Zero mission is to manage speed and decrease the number of pedestrian fatalities by implementing safety strategies throughout communities.
While each state reports its own numbers with some incidents decreasing and others remaining the same, any pedestrian injury or, worse, death by being struck by a motor vehicle is one too many.
If you or a loved one has been impacted as a pedestrian in a motor vehicle accident, you know firsthand that dealing with the overwhelming impact of the accident is time-consuming and stressful. There are many factors involved in the discovery process when it comes to uncovering evidence from the accident. If you or a loved one have been involved in a New York pedestrian accident, you will need the aid of an experienced personal injury attorney to gather and present evidence for your case.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accident, let your focus be on recovering while our expert legal team concentrates on creating the best possible outcome for you and your family. Give us a call today at (631) 928-8000 to speak with one of our highly skilled and expertly qualified Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. Since 1987, our Long Island Injury Lawyers have been concentrating on Personal Injury Law to get our clients the maximum compensation they deserve.