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Frightening pedestrian accident data: Rates are higher than you’d think

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A quick walk or jog provides a way to get some exercise while running an errand. Ohio residents who enjoy traveling by foot may not realize the dangers they face, though. Few think about becoming involved in a pedestrian accident, but such incidents can happen.

Pedestrians face risks

Data from 2021 shows how dangerous the year was for pedestrians. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released figures that show an astounding number of fatalities; 7,485 pedestrians lost their lives in vehicle collisions, a number that was 11.5% higher than in 2020.

Numerous reasons exist why pedestrians are in such danger. The popularity of pickup trucks and SUVs puts larger, more massive vehicles on the road. These vehicles could inflict severe bodily harm.

Problems with infrastructure may play a role in people suffering harm. A lack of sidewalks or islands on certain roads could put pedestrians in harm’s way. Poor lighting might do the same at night.

Pedestrians dealing with reckless drivers

Many personal injury lawsuits reveal that reckless drivers play a role in pedestrian accidents. People who drive under the influence might not notice a light turned red and not see a pedestrian crossing the street. Drivers too distracted by drinking their morning coffee may make an illegal left-hand turn, leading to a catastrophe at a busy city intersection.

Negligence may take several forms. A driver who refuses to fix a mechanical problem could be liable for accidents caused by a vehicle that can’t stop or otherwise operate properly. Third parties, such as mechanics, may share the blame.