At some point in each day, we all walk somewhere outside — parking lots, sidewalks, or even busy streets. Would it scare you to know that on average 13 people per day are killed while walking in their local area? This is oftentimes because pedestrians aren’t always seen or given the right-of-way.
The CDC and NHTSA both report a steady annual increase in nationwide pedestrian fatalities. Interestingly, a 2019 report issued by Smart Growth America (SGA) reveals that the danger isn’t only the steady rise in pedestrian deaths, but in where the greatest percentages of pedestrian fatalities actually occur.
SGA details that the highest number of deaths occur in highly populated urban areas. The highest percentage of pedestrian deaths compared to an area’s population happen in smaller metro communities, making them the most dangerous places to walk in the United States.
The leading cause of pedestrian deaths is being struck by a car. What factors contribute to an increase in collisions between cars and pedestrians?
If you or a loved one was hurt in a pedestrian accident, contact our team of attorneys at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. today for a free consultation. We’re here to help.