Traffic Fatalities Down, Pedestrian Fatalities Up - Reyes Browne Reilley Law Blog

Author: Angel Reyes  

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The trend continues to decline when it comes to traffic-related deaths in the United States. In 2017, the statistics of deaths on the highway took a turn for the better. Shifting from an upwards trend into a downward spiral over the last two years. However, there are no celebrations in order just yet.

While motor vehicle accidents are on the downswing, pedestrian deaths are on the rise. Continuously, for multiple years in a row for over a decade, there has been a steady incline of pedestrian deaths.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there has been a 35% spike in pedestrian deaths from 2008 until 2018. (GHSA Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State.)

What is nice to see is that Texas was one of the few states where the pedestrian deaths actually dropped in 2018. Residing as the contrary to the national trend gives Texas an advantage to say they’re doing something right.

Texas has just adopted the Vision Zero National traffic safety coalition in multiple cities between Houston and Dallas. This move will hopefully provide another drop in the coming years to their overall goal of 0 traffic fatalities.

Pedestrians using a cell phone is surprisingly not causing these fatalities. Surprisingly more of the pedestrians killed by cars have been causing these incidences themselves. It is more likely to be caused by a drunk individual or an individual neglecting to use the crosswalk than texting and walking when it comes to pedestrian fatalities.

However, there are still quite a few cases where the drivers were not paying attention when they ended a pedestrian’s life. Drivers underestimate the importance of safe maneuvering while on the roads.

Especially in the presence of pedestrians or even in residential areas. Texting while driving, intoxicated driving, and even speeding are all too common in Texas. Limiting these types of negligence would ensure a continuous drop in year over year trends of traffic fatalities.

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